How To Pin And Unpin Screens In Android Lollipop

Android Lollipop has been rolling out to users for a good few days now and if your device still hasn't received the update, we know exactly how you feel. Keep checking and reading up on the great new features in Lollipop until you get the update. Pinning screens is a new and very down played feature in Lollipop and there hasn't been much talk about it but it's really useful especially if you've got an Android tablet instead of a phone. Pinning screens allows you to 'pin' an app to the screen and no accidental swipes or taps on a button will allow you to exist the app unless you unpin it first. If you've enabled any sort of PIN or passcode on your device, you can set it so that the passcode is required to unpin the app. Read More

Here’s How You Can Play The Hidden Game In Android Lollipop

Google loves Easter eggs and Apple is possibly the only company that does them as well or nearly as well as the search giant. One such Easter egg comes in Android Lollipop, the newest stable version of the Android OS currently rolling out (painfully slowly) to nexus users. It's a nod to the very popular game flappy bird. Adapted with Lollipop inspired backgrounds and the Android bot replacing the bird, the hidden game can be played without having to download anything extra if you know where to find it. Read More

Add, Manage, & Switch User Accounts On Android Lollipop

One of the most awesome features to come out of the latest Android version is user accounts. Our smartphones and tablets are so ridiculously powerful these days that it's no wonder a feature like this was introduced, after all, we have multiple accounts on our laptops. Android Lollipop doesn't just let you add other users, it also comes with a pre-added Guest account that is already set up for you so you can switch to it and hand over your device immediately, when needed. Here's a quick look at how you add and switch between user accounts, and set them up. Read More

OneDrive Integration In Windows 10; Everything You Need To Know

No doubt you've heard that Windows 10 will feature deeper OneDrive integration. Microsoft pushed its cloud drive onto it users back in Windows 8 and with each successive build of the Windows 10 technical preview, we see how more features are going to look and behave in the final version. OneDrive has some new settings in place, you still can't turn the thing off completely, and it's gone the Dropbox way of syncing files after listening to feedback from users who weren't all too happy with how the desktop app worked in Windows 8. Here's a quick look at OneDrive for Windows 10. Read More

Do Not Disturb Comes To Android Lollipop As Interruptions

When Android Lollipop was first announced, a Do Not Disturb was part of the feature line-up. Now that Android Lollipop has begun rolling out to Nexus devices, we are taking a closer look at some of the most popular Android Lollipop features in their final form. When we visited the feature back in June, it was originally called Do Not Disturb but in the final version, it has been dubbed Interruptions and it can be found in the Sound section of the Settings app. We're not sure how long it will take for it to shed the Do Not Disturb label since it's already so popular from iOS but Interruptions as a feature has been built to impress. Let's take a look. Read More

4 Visual Changes In The New Windows 10 Technical Preview Build

Microsoft has released Build 9879 of the Windows 10 Technical preview and it's actually more buggy than the last one. As it was with Build 9860, some features originally revealed at the official unveiling of Windows 10 but not released immediately, have been enabled with this new build. Windows 10 is also under going what can best be described as an interface change though the changes are far less extreme and really just a reinforcement of the Modern UI. Four UI changes caught our eye are the new folder icons, the battery indicator on both the lock screen and in the system tray, the new hamburger style buttons on Modern apps, and the refined look of the Notification Center. Read More

Beam For Reddit Is Yet Another Great Way To Procrastinate [iOS]

It's the middle of the week and you probably know by now if the rest of it is going to be any good. In case you're in for a bad week and could do with some procrastination cheering up, try out Beam for Redddit. It's a brand new Reddit browsing app for  iOS and is designed to impress. You can leave comments and upvote or downvote posts from the app if you're signed in though there seems to be no way for you to sign out. What sets Beam apart from other apps is that it isn't just for browsing Reddit but also for discovering new sub-reddits. It has a dedicated discovery tab that shows you trending sub-reddits and the posts currently popular in them. You can view GIFs, play videos, subscribe or unsubscribe to a sub-reddit. You can also filter out NSFW and spoiler content and open links in Chrome instead of Safari. Read More

Force Your Browser To Use Google.com And Ignore Your Location

I've had to switch to using a different laptop recently and it took some time to set it up the way I had things set up on my old laptop. Surprisingly, one of the harder things for me to do was to get my browser to play nice. Every time I Googled something, it would default to Google local search. I previously had it set up to always use Google.com but the trick to it was long forgotten and took more time than I cared to invest to figure out again. Why can't they make it simpler? Ponder that if you will but if you're trying to get your browser to ignore Google local search and just stick to using Google.com, here is the trick to getting  it to do that in Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Facebook Launches Groups App, Lets You Add A Group To Your Home Screen

Facebook launched a new app today, Facebook Groups. Much like the Messages app, this app takes a popular Facebook feature and lets you use it in a stand alone app. The point is of course to make access easier because Facebook as a service has grown significantly complex to the point that messages and group interaction isn't convenient from your news feed. Facebook groups is a lot like the Messages app in layout. You have a home screen where all your groups are listed. You can post a status or photo to a group, get regular push notifications for any group activity, and even create a new group from the app itself. Perhaps the crown jewel in terms of features on this app is the ability to add a group to your phone's home screen. The app is available for both iOS and Android although at the time of writing, the Google Play Store link isn't working. Read More

5 Basic Excel Functions That Make Work Infinitely Easier

Excel is the illiterate man's (and woman's) favorite data manipulation tool. The literate i.e. those that can code, don't need to worry themselves much about columns, rows, and the correct formula and its syntax because these wizards have their own devices. For everyone else, practically anyone in a management position, Excel is an essential work tool. Despite this, a lot of people, especially those just stepping into a job are often intimidated by it. In reality, if you learn Excel well enough, you can use it to keep time based records that update automatically, use it to store inventory, and even conduct surveys. That said, here are five very basic Excel functions that every beginner needs to know. Read More

Remove A Suggested Channel From YouTube

YouTube is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I can't even count how many times I've seen Sainsbury's 2014 Christmas commercial and a lot of times, I saw it as an ad which means it was followed by a video that I watched afterwards. Good times. Now, because I watch so many videos and I have no filter for what I'll click on, YouTube starts thinking I'm interested in the weirdest stuff. It's an algorithm so I can't expect it to understand that my viewing habits are just an average human being lazy but it becomes a problem when my home page is filled with suggested channels that do not interest me. These suggestions aren't all bad and I've found some good channels this way but they are recurring, painfully recurring and when one does not interest me, it's just spam. What's more is that new suggestions won't show up unless these old ones are made to go away. Here's how you can tell YouTube to stop showing you a particular kind of video or remove a channel from the suggested ones altogether. This doesn't require an extension or an add-on so it will work in ANY browser. Read More

Waaaaay! – Follow the Arrow Is An Easy-To-Follow Navigation Tool

If you're good with directions, rarely get lost, and are quick to find yourself again if you do, you know this ability is sort of like having a super power. You also know that a good sense of direction isn't popularly recognized as a supernatural ability, you're pre-disposed to think that everyone should be able to find their way from point A to point B without any trouble. If nothing else, anyone should be able to use Google Maps but that sadly isn't the case. Lots of people still get lost and/or have trouble following a map. Waaaaay! - Follow the Arrow is turn-by-turn navigation for dummies (no offense). If you find following directions is overly complicated, this app is what you need. It detects your current location, asks you to pick a destination, and then guides you with nothing more than a compass. It's up to you to pick which route you want to take as long as you're following the arrow. Read More

How To View And Delete Cookies In Firefox Developer Edition

Firefox has always been the go-to browser for developers. This preference comes as a result of Mozilla always considering the needs of developers as well as end users with each iteration of its browser. The company makes it a priority to provide the best development tools and in that endeavor, they recently launched the Firefox Developer Edition. This browser, in Mozilla's own words, is a browser for developers made by developers. It features amazing tools and needless to say, it isn't intended for the average user though developers can rely on it to work as a reliable browser when/if needed. Where the Firefox Developer Edition is somewhat familiar in the tools it provides, it's going to take some time to grow familiar with it all. If you've started using it you might have found that there isn't an obvious way to delete cookies. This post explains how you can view, edit, and delete cookies in Firefox Developer Edition. Read More

Where To Watch Finds Where You Can Legally Watch Movies & TV Shows [Web]

Movie piracy (and all other forms of piracy) are wrong and we often see public service messages that impress on us the gravity of the crime that is piracy. No doubt you've heard claims that piracy harms the entertainment industry and there has been quite the crack down recently with innocent videos being removed from YouTube, and some search results being removed from Google on account of copyright infringement. We're not going to argue whether piracy is harmful or not, instead we feel introducing Where To Watch to our readers is a much better way to fight rampant movie and TV show piracy. This simple little web app lets you search for any movie and/or TV (any season) and find where you can pay to legally watch it. Read More

Facebook Places Help You Find Something To Do In Any City

The number of apps developed to help people find interesting things to do, find people to do things with, or just find a good place to eat is huge and growing. The latest to take a jab at this niche is Facebook. Fortunately the company hasn't launched an app to achieve this purpose. Instead it's made use of its existing web interface and its already rich database of places to help you find restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes, public attractions, gyms, schools, theaters, and much more. A new dedicated page called Facebook Places has been launched. It asks you to enter a city and it will list all places, duly sorted into categories, for you to choose from. Read More

Dear Developer, This Is Why I Won’t Buy Your App

In my line of work, I get to test a lot of apps. I hunt for them, I judge their usefulness, I try them out, and then when I find an app works well enough or addresses a real problem, I review it for our readers. It sounds like a fun job and as I've continued to test and review more and more apps, I've picked up on tell-tale signs of what makes a good app. But I'm not overly clever to pick up on these signs; it's a by-product of experience and where I can identify if an app is good or bad just by looking at the screenshots and reading a brief description, it isn't a foolproof check. Developers are just as clever (if not more) at the game  than I am and they give me the slip. It's times like this that the true test of a good app comes down to one thing, and one thing alone; features. Read More

Stop Read Receipts Being Sent On Whatsapp With This Cydia Tweak [Jailbreak]

Messenger apps that tell you when/if a message you sent has been read are a double ended sword; on the one hand, you know your message has been read and you don't have to send a reminder or worry that the message may not have been seen on time. On the other hand, it makes it exceptionally difficult to ignore a person or delay replying to a message by using the age old excuse, 'I didn't see your message' and this is something WhatsApp users learned the painfully hard way. The company pushed an update to their servers that enabled a 'seen' read receipt to appear when a message had been read. The receipt comes in the form of the grey check mark that signals a message has been delivered turning blue when the message has been read. It caught many users unaware and because the change wasn't an app update, it means for now there is no way to disable it. If you've got a jailbroken iPhone though, you can use WhatsApp Read Receipt Disabler. It's a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that, as its name clearly states, stops the read receipts from being sent. Read More

Stop Animated GIFs From Auto-playing In Your Browser

Auto-playing content, whether it's an ad, a video (I'm looking at you Facebook), or a GIF can a drag down your bandwidth and it can also be exceptionally annoying since it slows down the page load. The only time it's acceptable for content to auto-play is if you're browsing Imgur, or perhaps Twitter where there are plenty og GIFs and Vines being shared but at all other times auto-playing content is just another thing you wish websites would stop doing. We detailed how to disable auto-playing content in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safrai, and Opera but our post didn't address GIFs that will continue to auto-play despite 'click to play' being enabled in your browser. Here's how you can stop GIFs from playing in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Notification Center

Notifications have been a part of the Windows OS for a good long time though up until Windows 8, they weren't even in the same league as those on OS X or even on our smartphones. Windows 10 refines them further so that you can review all notifications you've received in a single pop-up panel. The notifications can be turned off or muted on a per-app basis, or you can mute all notifications for a certain period of time. The notifications are interactive; if you save a new file, or download an app, clicking the notification that alerts you to the completion of either of those actions will open the file, or launch the app for you. Here is a quick run down of everything you can do with the new Windows 10 notification center. Read More

Until AM: Mix Music From Your Local Drive Or SoundCloud [Web]

Mixing music and experimenting with sounds isn't something as simple as creating a playlist (or a mix tape?). It's a lot of experimentation, it requires a good ear, and a pretty good idea of what you're doing. It also requires the use of complex and costly software which is worth investing if you know you're going to use it, and use it frequently. For anyone just curious about mixing music and trying their hand at being a DJ, there is Until AM, a simple web app that lets you mix any two songs either from your local drive or from SoundCloud. You can increase or decrease the playback speed, independently control the volume of each song, and manage the delay for each one. Read More