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 Unroll.me Alternative

If something is free, then it's you that's the product. Case in point; Unroll.me. 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 Unroll.me 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 Unroll.me alternative, and a quick way to delete your account. We've got you covered.

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How To Edit A GIF Without Photoshop On Windows

GIF is a popular image format and creating GIFs is pretty easy. There are tools that let you record a screencast and save it as a GIF. There are quite a few tools that can create high quality GIFs. Imgur has a dedicated tool for creating GIFs from YouTube videos. It's pretty easy to create a GIF if you already have a video, or if it's a GIF of your desktop. What's not as easy to do is edit a GIF. By editing, we don't just mean adding text or resizing a GIF. We mean editing individual frames, adding text, reversing direction, speeding up playback, and more. Photoshop can create and edit GIFs but it's not a cheap or easy-to-use app. Here's how you can edit a GIF without Photoshop using a free app called ScreenToGif.Read More

How To Kill All Instances Of An App In Windows

Some Windows apps let you run multiple instances at once. It's a feature of sorts. A common example is your browser. You can open multiple windows of the same browser. In Chrome, every tab you open is treated as a separate process. Likewise, MS Word behaves similarly. You can open and edit multiple documents at once without any trouble. Other apps like the Spotify app or the Netflix app support only once instance, and for good reason. What both types of apps have in common is that they might continue to run in the background even after you've closed them. This isn't a feature. It's either the app, or Windows, acting up. Chances are it's more a Windows problem. You can solve it by quitting an app from the Task Manager, or by running a command to kill all instances of an app. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Build Your Own Linux NAS With Open Media Vault

There are many reasons why the average Linux user might want to consider having a NAS in their home. With network attached storage, accessing, backing up and sharing data becomes effortless. When it comes to Linux, there are many different types of operating systems to accomplish this task. However, those looking for ease of use need only turn to Open Media Vault: a NAS distribution based on Debian that prides itself on ease of use and convenience.  Here's how you can build you very own Linux NAS with Open Media Vault.Read More

How To Sync Google Calendar To Your iPhone Calendar App

The iOS Calendar app can find events and birthdays from Facebook. It can also add national holidays from most countries. The Calendar app also adds all events and invites you receive in your mail if you use the default Mail app. If you have other apps that can receive event invites, the Calendar app can automatically import them. The app can work with apps and almost all calendar services including Google Calendar. Even if you never add your Gmail account to your iPhone, you can still sync Google Calendar to your iPhone Calendar app. Here's how.Read More

How To Install Emby Media Server On Linux

There are many different ways to manage media on Linux. Plex is one powerful solution that you can try. You'll find it meets almost all your needs. Of course, Plex isn't the only solution out there. You're spoiled for choice and Emby is an excellent choice to make. It's an open source media streaming software that makes it easy for anyone to deliver movies, TV shows, music and pictures to many types of devices. In this article, we'll go over exactly how to set up an Emby media server on Linux, how to use it and everything in between.Read More

How To Fix Resume Playback In VLC Player After The Creators Update

VLC player has a neat little resume playback feature. It detects when you play a media file that has recently been played in VLC. It knows where you left off when you closed a file. When you open it again, VLC player offers to let you resume where you left off. There is nothing similar in the Videos & TV app that comes with Windows 10. Speaking of Windows 10, the Creators Update has broken the resume playback feature in VLC player. Of all the problems a Windows update could have had, this is the most unpredictable. It's possible, though not much, that VLC will roll out a fix for it. If you don't want to wait, there is a much simpler way to fix resume playback in VLC player.Read More

How To Set A Music Library Song As Your Ringtone [iOS]

Back when feature phones were mainstream, changing ringtones was easy. If you had an even marginally good Nokia phone, you could set a song as your ringtone. Nokia's OS played nice with  MP3 files. This still holds true for Android phones. There are no hoops that you have to jump through if you want to use a song as your ringtone. It's not the same with iOS. iOS ringtone files are in the M4R format, and you can't just save a file to your device and use it as your ringtone. There are quite a few hoops to jump through unless you have a jailbroken device. The good news is, Apple has made GarageBand free for everyone and you can use it to create ringtones. Specifically, you can use it to turn a song from your music library into a ringtone.Read More

What Is The Punycode Phishing Attack And How To Stay Safe

The internet can be a dangerous place. Earlier this week, we talked about a new scam email going around trying to get users to buy a fake VPN service. The scam put your money and your data at risk. Fortunately for the diligent, there are ways to spot a scam like that. Not all scams are easy to spot though, and phishing scams have just gotten smarter thanks to a little thing called Punycodes. It's a new way to register domains and while it wasn't developed to scam people, it is being used to do. Here's a look at what the Punycode phishing attack is, and how to stay safe.Read More

The Fastest VPN Providers

When most people look for a VPN, their main concern is privacy. Hide your identity, protect your data, and do it with the most secure VPN around, end of story. An important consideration that often gets overlooked in the quest for anonymity is speed. The nature of encrypting and rerouting traffic can make a VPN slower than your average local service provider. Streaming movies suddenly take forever to load, and you can forget about online gaming and file sharing. Read More