How To Stop iTunes Opening When An iPhone Is Connected [Windows]

If you own an iPhone, iTunes is an essential app for you. You may or may not like it but you need it. If nothing else, iTunes can back up and restore everything on your iPhone. You might never user it to sync music or pay your subscriptions but you will use it to take backups. That said, once you install iTunes, it will open every single time you connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC. It will take a fresh backup of all your data. iTunes doesn't check how recent the last backup was. It may only be a few hours old and iTunes will still take a new backup. You can cancel it, or close iTunes right away once it opens but it's annoying. Here's how you can stop iTunes opening when you connect an iPhone or iPad to your PC.Read More

Use This App To Diagnose Car Noise And Find Out What’s Wrong

In many countries, owning a personal car is a necessity. Cars come with instruction manuals but they're really meant to help with routine maintenance. If you don't know what's under the hood of your car, the manual is a good place to begin learning. That said, the manual isn't going to help you much with car maintenance. That's something you learn over time. The basics include knowing when and how to change your tires, when and how to change the oil, and how to jump start a car, among other things. It doesn't take too long to get the hang of it. What's not as easy to learn is what certain problematic sounds coming from your car mean. You could describe the sound to your mechanic and they can maybe figure out the cause. Alternatively, you can diagnose car noise with My Car Makes Noise.Read More

Keeping Copyright Trolls Away: A Guide to Private Torrenting & VPNs

Torrenting files is perhaps the most popular and common means of online file sharing around. If you are not familiar, torrenting is a fast and efficient way of sharing large media and data files with other users which employs a protocol called BitTorrent.However, it is not without its controversy, especially as many copyright pirates use torrenting as a means to share copyrighted material online.As a result, many ISPs and regulators frown on its use, which can make it hard for users to torrent content online. But a Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers a simple, cost-effective solution to this problem, which is why more and more torrent users have turned to a VPN Read More

How To Sync Android Notifications In Windows 10

The Windows 10 Creators Update has made Cortana smarter. It can give you song lyrics in Microsoft Edge and deliver scores for an on-going game. More importantly, it can sync Android notifications on Windows 10. This is a new feature that takes a little setting up but is pretty great. The notifications aren't interactive just yet. You can't send replies to a message you received on Hangouts. At present, you can only sync Android notifications on Windows 10 but not interact with them. The feature works through Cortana on your desktop. You need to install the Cortana app on your Android phone. Here's how to set everything up.Read More

Use Start Menu Keyboard Shortcuts For Faster Navigation In Windows 10

Windows has great keyboard shortcut support. You can use almost all the accessibility features via a keyboard. The Taskbar, the action center, and File Explorer all support keyboard shortcuts. The virtual desktops introduced in Windows 10 came with their own set of keyboard shortcuts. Another new-ish feature in Windows 10 is the Start menu. Sure, Windows has had a Start Menu for a long time but nothing quite like the current one has ever existed before. As such, the Start Menu keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 are new and relatively less known. Here are the Start Menu keyboard shortcuts you can use in Windows 10.Read More

How to Access the Dark Web and Deep Web, Safely and Anonymously

The internet we're familiar with is only a fraction of what's really out there. Just below the surface lies the deep web and the dark web, areas that contain countless difficult to find websites, marketplaces, blogs, social sites, and more. The staggering amount of content goes unnoticed by most, but with a little effort and a lot of privacy awareness, it's easy to crack open the dark web to see what hidden wonders wait inside. Read More

The 10 Best Launchers for Android

One of the major reasons Android has been able to beat its competition, is in part due to the constantly evolving system and in part due to its affinity for customization. With the help of launchers (custom or otherwise) your android device can be made to look literally like anything. You can turn the UI into something like Windows Phones, or iOS, or even other Android devices. The best part is that the developer community has come up with some highly creative as well as powerful solutions. Here is a rundown of the best launchers for Android.Read More

How To Find The Startup Time For An App In Windows

The Task Manager in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 has a neat tab called 'Startup'. This tab lists all apps that launch when you boot your system. It also shows you which apps drag down your system at startup. The tab also lets you enable or disable programs from launching at start-up. It really is one of the best things about the Task Manager for the average user. Under this tab, programs have low, medium, or high impact on start up. If a user thinks their system is taking too long to startup, this tab is the perfect place to investigate which app might be the cause. The tab shows you the impact on startup but you can also find the startup time for an app in this tab. Here's how.Read More

How To Get Google Reverse Image Search In File Explorer In Windows

Google's reverse image search feature is a great way to spot if an image is real or fake. It's one of the best available tools for figuring out if the information you're sharing is even real. Google reverse image search is a desktop feature. It doesn't work on smartphones. There are workarounds that let you do a reverse image search on your mobile phone. There's an app that lets you do a Google reverse image search on your iPhone from just about any app. Google Image Shell is a small portable Windows app that brings this same functionality to the File Explorer. It's an extension that can add Google reverse image search in File Explorer. It works with JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP formats.Read More

How To Get Rid Of The Number On The YouTube Tab

Chrome and Firefox have begun to exhibit numbers on the YouTube tab. The numbers are enclosed in brackets and they change everyday. You might see a (2) next to YouTube in your browsers tab one day. The next day, it may be gone, or it might have turned into a (5). Users can't figure out if this is a new browser feature or if an extension/add-on acting up. The number seems to be arbitrary and it doesn't mean anything to most of them. The number isn't arbitrary and your browser or an add-on does not generate it. It's coming from YouTube's notifications. Here's how you can get rid of the number on the YouTube tab.Read More

How To Add Google Photos To Windows Photos App

Google Photos does not have a desktop client. It has a web interface and you can use it from your desktop via a web browser. It has a desktop sync app that will backup your photos. There is no official app that lets you view or sync your Google Photos to your desktop. This means your browser is the only way to view images in Google Photos on your desktop unless you use a work-around. While there is no official Google Photos app, there is great Google Drive app. Google Drive can sync Google Photos. You can use the app to add Google Photos to Windows Photos app in Windows 10. Here's how.Read More

How To Get Google Reverse Image Search On Your iPhone In Any App [Giveaway]

Google's image search engine supports some great search modifiers that can refine your image search by size and format. It also has a search by image feature. On your desktop, you can upload a photo, or link to it, and Google will usually figure out what it is. It can also find visually similar images. This feature can only be used from the desktop so it's limited. You can do a reverse image search from your phone but only from your browser. Search By Image Extension  is an iOS extension app worth $0.99 that adds Google Reverse Image Search on your iPhone from any app. It requires iOS 8 or later, and works via the iOS share menu. The developer has generously shared 5 promo codes for this app to give away to our readers. Read the full post to see how you can get one.Read More

The Best VPNs for Linux Users

Using a virtual private network at home and while traveling has become an unfortunate necessity. Online privacy is on everyone's mind as ISPs collect and sell personal data and hackers snoop public networks for credit card details. In addition to encrypting and securing your data, VPNs also allow you to bypass censored and region locked content to access certain Netflix, Hulu, or BBC iPlayer videos that aren't available in all areas. Read More

How To Get The Windows Experience Index Score In Windows 10

Windows 7 introduced the Windows Experience Index. It scored the hardware capabilities of your system against Microsoft's benchmarks. It's usefulness was contested. Some users were of the opinion that it isn't accurate because Microsoft's benchmarks just aren't meaningful enough and the way they arrive at them isn't public knowledge. The scores were generic and gave users only a vague idea about their hardware's capabilities. Microsoft removed it in Windows 8 and it didn't come back in its original form in Windows 10. That said, you can still get the Windows Experience Index Score in Windows 10. You don't need to install any third-party apps to do so.Read More

How To Force An App To Use The Dedicated GPU On Windows

An average PC comes with two graphics cards. The first, the default one, is called the 'On-board' graphics card and it's usually an Intel chip. The second is the 'Dedicated' graphics card and Nvidia, and AMD are some of the best ones available. A dedicated graphics card is normally found on gaming PCs but it's not uncommon to find a low end one on a non-gaming rig. When an application's requirements exceed the capabilities of the on-board graphics card, your system switches to the dedicated GPU. This happens mostly when you play games. You can however force an app to use the dedicated GPU. Here's how.Read More

How To Get ‘Open Command Window Here’ Option In Explorer In Windows 10

PowerShell comes installed by default in Windows 10. Microsoft has slowly been pushing PowerShell to center stage. It's likely PowerShell will eventually replace the Command Prompt completely. There's still a little time left to go before that happens but it has started. After the Creators Update, Windows 10 replaced Command Prompt on the power users menu with PowerShell. It also removed the 'Open command window here' option in Explorer. In older versions of Windows, and up until the Anniversary Update of Windows 10, if you held down the shift key and right-clicked inside a folder you got an 'Open command window here' option in the context menu. It's been replaced with PowerShell but you can get it back. Here's how.Read More

How To Fix A Linux PC That Won’t boot

Ever turn on your Linux PC only to find that it won't load and you don't know what to do? When your PC won't turn, troubleshooting it becomes complicated. To begin with, there's nothing you can do to run checks on your OS or your hardware. The little you can do is make sure you've plugged everything in correctly. That said, just because your PC won't boot doesn't mean it's dead or you need to refresh your OS. Don't re-install that operating system on your Linux PC just yet though. Instead, follow this tutorial to fix a Linux PC that won't boot.Read More

The Best Android Games Of 2017

Android has enjoyed status as a gaming friendly platform, even though it has been lagging behind iOS for many years, its support for additional controllers and exclusive PC ports to Nvidia Shield tablets has put it ahead of the running. That said, every year a new crop of fantastic games comes out for Android and we have rounded up the best ones you can play in the year 2017. Some of these games might not have released in 2017, but we are ranking them by how popular they are on the Play Store and how well they are circulating even in 2017. This is list of the best Android games of 2017 features both free and paid games. Some games feature a few free levels and you have to pay to play more.Read More

Use A Google Script As An Open Source Alternative

If something is free, then it's you that's the product. Case in point; This is a massively popular service that lets you unsubscribe to annoying newsletters enmasse. If you've ever used the service you know it has access to all your emails. It needs it to function. As it turns out, the folks at Lifehacker and The New York Times have found out that sells your email data to a company that in turn sells it to Uber. The data is anonymous but we understand if you're already looking for an alternative, and a quick way to delete your account. We've got you covered.

Read More