How To Get Started With Procreate For iPad Pro

When the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil came out, the creative community believe a new world of possibilities had just opened up. It was going to be the Wacom Cintiq killer, the sound of doom for the Surface tabs. Of course, that was all just egregious noise. At best, the iPad Pro was a glorified note-taking ebook reader. At worst, it was barely even a note taking tool. However, it's not the hardware that defines Apple devices. It's the apps. This brings us to Procreate for iPad, winner of Apple's 2013 design award. Procreate is an app that lets you create digital paintings, calligraphy, etc. en masse. This one app was a major lure for creative professionals. Even though it still isn't quite as powerful as Adobe Photoshop, it is still pretty close. Here is a guide on how you can get started with Procreate. Read More

How To Stop Whatsapp Saving Photos And Videos To Your Phone

Whatsapp by default downloads all images, videos, audio, and documents sent over chat. We covered how you can turn this off to reduce data consumption and to save space on your device. Of course, turning this option off means a slight inconvenience.You will have to wait for the file to download before you can view it. If you're short on time, or just impatient, this will annoy you enough to turn auto-download back on. If you like having videos and photos download automatically, but don't want everything saving to your camera roll, there is a way to disable it. Here's how you can stop Whatsapp saving photos and videos to your phone. Read More

How To Go Live On Facebook From Your Desktop And Phone

You can broadcast live from your Facebook account. This feature has been around for about a year but only for smartphone users. Facebook pages had the option to go live from the desktop but ordinary users didn't. Facebook has now expanded the Go Live feature so that everyone can go  live from their desktop. The feature works from your news feed and profile. If you've ever gone live from your phone, the learning curve will be a small one. The major advantage of being able to go live on Facebook from your desktop is that you can connect with an external, better quality, camera. Here's how you can go live on Facebook. Read More

How To Change The Default Downloads Folder Path In Windows

Every Windows installation comes with a  few default libraries and folders. The system adds these for each individual user. It also adds a few default locations for saving files. The Screenshots folder in Windows 10 is a good example of such a folder. You can take screenshots in Windows 10 via the Win+PrntScrn key and they save to the Screenshots folder. Another auto-folder in Windows is the Downloads folder. This is where apps download files to by default. You can select a different location for saving files but it doesn't change the default downloads folder path in Windows. Here's how you can do that. Read More

Set A Custom Color For The Navigation Bar On Android [No Root]

Android phones have evolved in terms of design. They haven't gone the iPhone route just yet but most modern phones have ditched physical navigation keys. Android phones now have soft navigation keys, three of them. The navigation keys reside on the navigation bar. Come Android O, you will be able to add a few extra keys to the navigation bar. In its current state, Android doesn't let you customize the navigation bar at all. There are however apps that let you modify the navigation bar. WOW Navbars is a free Android app that lets you set a custom color for the navigation bar. By default, the navigation bar is black. The app lets you turn it pink, or purple, or blue. You do not need a rooted device to use WOW Navbars. Read More

How To Save An Instagram Live Video

Instagram live videos have a very limited life. If you catch one when it's live, you can watch it. Once a live broadcast is over, there is no way to view it. For anyone broadcasting live from Instagram, the experience is more or less the same. Once the broadcast is over, there is no going back to see how it was. Things have changed for users who broadcast live. Instagram has added a Save feature to its live videos. Users can now save an Instagram live video once it's over. Here's how. Read More

How To Get The Android O Developer Preview

Google unexpectedly dropped the first Android O developer preview yesterday. Android O is the code name for the next version of Android. Android 7 aka Nougat is the current stable version. This developer preview is intended for registered developers. If you've joined the Android Beta program, you will not receive an update. This means the preview is probably not stable enough to be run on your main device. If you still want to try it out, then you will need to manually install it. The process is simple enough and Google has made images of the new version available for some devices. Here's how you can get the Android O developer preview on your phone now. Read More

How To Set Different Resolutions For Multiple Monitors In Windows 10

When you connect a second display to your PC, Windows 10 automatically sets the same resolution for it as the primary display. If both displays are the same size, this isn't a problem. If one of them has a higher resolution than the other, it is a problem. Unless you fix the resolution set for both monitors, one will always look bad. If nothing else, you won't be getting the best out of at least one of your monitors. Windows 10 lets you set different resolutions for multiple monitors. It just doesn't make it easy or obvious how it's done. Windows 10 removed the wallpaper and display settings from the Control Panel app and moved them to the Settings app. The Settings app is a simplified version of basic settings but it complicates how you set different resolutions for multiple monitors. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Fix Steam Needs to Be Online to Update Error [Windows]

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Steam launched in 2003 with Valve's Half-Life 2 as a first of its kind digital delivery service. The idea of digital content soon became so popular that Steam became the go-to store for gamers around the world. Today, the Steam model is being used by major companies like EA's Origin Store and Windows Store, but none have enjoyed the popularity of Steam. That said, Steam isn't perfect. Sometimes, Steam tends to generate the Steam needs to be online to update error, even though you are connected to the internet. Here are a few things you can try to resolve the Steam needs to be online to update error. Read More

Field Test: The iPad Pro As A Computer Alternative

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The iPad Pro, much like all Apple products, is unfathomably expensive. It is aimed at design professionals but it has features that make it stand out from a traditional iPad. The Apple Pencil for one. Given its steep price, you might have to choose between buying the iPad Pro or buying a better PC, or even a Mac. The iPad Pro's graphic capabilities are well documented but you can't say for certain if it will serve as a good replacement for a computer. You might be able to complete your design projects but will you be able to interact with people, send emails, compress files, and type comfortably on the device. We take a look at how good an iPad Pro is at being a computer. Read More

How To Turn Off Tabbed Posts On Facebook

Facebook has added a new feature to its web interface; tabbed posts. A tabbed post is basically a pop-up that appears on Facebook. The pop-up shows you a post that you're following. It appears whenever there is new activity on the post. You do not have to click the notification for the new activity to get the tab to appear. It appends next to the chat window and you can close or minimize it. The tabbed post makes it so you can check out and respond to new activity on a post without leaving your news feed. The feature is enabled automatically and you might not like it much. Here's how you can turn off tabbed posts on Facebook. Read More

How To Mute Keywords And Filter Eggs On Twitter

Twitter has long had an abuse problem. Anytime something remotely controversial starts to trend, dozens of new accounts aka 'Egg accounts' or 'eggs' pop up. They don't contribute much to any conversation and are more or less trolls. Then there are legitimate accounts that behave like trolls. Over the past years, this has become a serious problem for the company and those who use Twitter. To fight this, Twitter has introduced muting features and filters. You can mute tweets and accounts that send tweets  containing certain words from appearing. Likewise, you can filter out notifications from eggs i.e., accounts that have the default egg profile photo. Here's how you can mute keywords and filter eggs on Twitter. Read More

How To Block Someone From Viewing An Instagram Story

Instagram stories are made up entirely of photos you take with you camera. You cannot select photos from your camera roll and add them to your Instagram story. The feature is a clone of Snapchat that encourages you share moments as they happen. The only alternative is to go live on Instagram and broadcast everything as it happens. The feature being what it is, it's sometimes not a great idea to share a story with all your Instagram followers. The good news is, you can block a follower from viewing an Instagram Story without blocking them from your feed. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Add A Custom Lock Screen Message In Windows 10

The login screen is the first thing you see when you boot your system or switch to a different account. It's not the best place to put a  grocery list but it's not a bad place to put an important reminder or useful information. The only problem is, you can't just add a custom lock screen message in Windows 10. You have to jump through a few hoops to do that. Windows 10 doesn't have a tool or even a dedicated setting to accomplish this. Your solution lies with the Windows Registry editor. You will have to tweak two keys, or maybe even create them, in order to add a custom lock screen message in Windows 10. Here's what you have to do. Read More

How To Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error In Chrome

Chrome stops opening certain domains without warning. It will open everything else but refuse to open one or several domains. When Chrome fails to open a domain, it will give you the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error. This error doesn't tell you much about what the problem is. It can appear for domains like YouTube. Even if you have visited a domain in the past without any trouble, Chrome will refuse to open it. The simple solution is to use a VPN but if we're being honest, that isn't a solution. In order to fix the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Chrome, you need to do a little cleaning. Here's how to fix the problem. Read More

How To Turn Off Auto-Download Files In Whatsapp

Whatsapp lets you send images, documents, audio messages, and videos to your friends. Almost all chat apps support these basic file types and for good reason. These are some of the most common files that people share. Often, it's extremely helpful to be able to send files over a chat app. Other times, it's just a drain on your device. Whatsapp is a power hungry app to have on your phone. If you use it often, or you're in one too many groups, it will drain your battery. On top of that, it will also consume significant storage space. Whatsapps by default saves all files sent over a chat thread. The media files shared over a muted thread will download when they are received. Here's how you can turn off auto-download files in Whatsapp. Read More

How To Upload Files To Dropbox From Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger bots were insanely popular when they were first announced. News and media pages were quick to create a dedicated Messenger bot for their page and website. Quite a few other services joined in. The aim was to let users interact with a service from inside the Messenger app. A user didn't have to leave the app to get directions, restaurant recommendations, or transit times. The hype has died down but every once in a while, someone develops a truly awesome Messenger bot that's worth writing home about. Alfredo is a Messenger bot that lets you upload files to Dropbox from Facebook Messenger. It works on both the web interface and the mobile apps. Read More

How To Screenshot A Specific Area On Your Screen In Windows 10

Windows 10 is the first Windows version to have a built-in screenshot feature. Users on older versions had to rely on the Snipping tool which wasn't very convenient to use. This missing feature was compensated for via third-party apps. Windows 10, at present, has a very basic screenshot feature. If you tap Win+PrntScr, Windows 10 will capture your entire screen. If you compare it with macOS, the feature is still lacking. With the current feature, you cannot screenshot a specific area on your screen. Come the Creators Update in April, things will change slightly. Windows 10 will be able to screenshot a specific area on your screen with no extra apps involved. Read More

How To Share A Facebook Messenger Day Story

Facebook is copying Snapchat stories and integrating the feature into every single app it owns. This is happening and there is no stopping it. Just weeks ago, a Whatsapp update brought Snapchat-story like statuses to the messaging app. Now the Facebook Messenger is in the process of getting a similar feature. This new feature is called Messenger Day. It is a slideshow of images and videos that you can share with your friends, or select friends. The slideshow disappears after 24 hours. You can see who has viewed your 'My Day' slideshow and control who can, and can't, see it. Here's how to share photos to your Messenger Day story. Read More

How To Turn On Post Notifications For An Instagram Account

You can follow any public Instagram account. When you follow an Instagram account, you see all posts from the account in your home feed. If an account you follow goes live, Instagram will send you an alert. If an account posts a photo, or shares a story, Instagram will not send you an alert. When you open the app on your phone, you will see a list of accounts that shared stories at the top. As for any posts by the account, you will have to find them in your home feed or visit the account. The thing is, it doesn't have to be that way. You can turn on post notifications for an Instagram account and every time the account posts anything, you will get an alert. Here's how. Read More