AddictiveTips’ Guide To Holiday Deals For 2015

The holidays are the time of the year when purchases you've been putting off become affordable. Just about every online service and most online retailers will have a special sale on many of their popular products. It's a good time to shop for things you've been holding out on because they cost just a bit too much the rest of the year. This year, we've compiled a list of 20 tech items that you might consider treating yourself to. They're all on sale at the moment and offer up moderate to considerable dollar savings. The list includes laptops, smartphones, and more. Read More

Choose The Light Or Dark Side To Get A Star Wars Theme For Google Apps

The new Star Wars movie is soon to be released and it's likely going to be one of the biggest movies of the year. The franchise has a huge following and the official promotions aside, people are showing their support and excitement for the movie in different ways. Google has launched dark and light Star Wars themes for its apps. Users can choose which side of the force they're on and the apps will reflect it accordingly with updated icons and UI colors, and backgrounds. There are a few limitations to it though; you can't use a company or school Google account to choose a side. You can only use a Gmail account. Read More

Print Only Select Cells In A Sheet By Defining A Print Area In Excel

An MS Excel spreadsheet can have a thousand rows and a thousand columns. The horizontal and vertical scroll bars, the cell address bar, not to mention the zoom control, make it easy to navigate a large sheet. The problem is, the more rows and columns you have in a sheet, the harder it is going to be for you to print it. It's almost impossible to manage printing a large Excel spreadsheet. The print preview doesn't offer too many tools to make it easy and it's often hard to tell which cells will appear on one page, and which will be carried over to the next. Couple this with a large number of rows and columns and you've got a mess on your hand. If you have a large Excel spreadsheet that you'd like to print only a small portion of, but without too much hassle, here's how you can tell the program to print only pre-defined cells. Read More

Track Habits Like Calories To Develop & Reinforce Them [Giveaway]

Weightloss and dieting are considered one the hardest things to stick to. For anyone wanting to lose weight, or bulk up, it's hard to follow a taxing new exercise routine and watch what you eat. Those who are beginning to take their first steps towards fitness will find that there are a slew of services, apps, and communities that they can turn to for help, support, and advice. For other habits that get less attention, there isn't much out there in terms of a helpful app. Meet HabitBull, an app dedicating to helping you track your habits and stick to them. The app has been available on Android for well over a year and we reviewed it back in May 2014. HabitBull has a whole new look is now available for iOS. The developers are generously offering a free upgrade to premium to our readers. Details at the end. Read More

Reload Broken Images In Firefox Without Refreshing The Page

Internet Explorer gets slack for a lot of things; being too slow, being a security risk, not supporting CSS well, causing your system to slow down, causing WW 2, etc. I stopped using Internet Explorer years ago but I do remember one particular 'feature' that it had, that neither Chrome nor Firefox support. It was a feature that allowed  you to reload a broken image and it was beyond helpful. Consider yourself going through a large photo album on Imgur of a really great DIY project and finding out that a few images didn't load. The only thing you can do is refresh the page and wait for the images to download fresh. Image Context Menu is a Firefox add-on that adds a 'reload' option, among others, to the right-click context menu. With the add-on installed, you can individually reload broken images, or images that failed to download without reloading the whole page. Read More

Enable Compression Tool In VLC Player To Fix Movies With Loud Action And Quiet Dialogue Sounds

Interstellar is an excellent movie that I got to see in a theater with surround sound. I'd recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat even though I still have my doubts about what Matthew Mcconaughey was saying at times and I'm partially deaf from the loud sound track. This is, unfortunately, a thing with some movies. Literally every sound from a car stopping suddenly to the phone ringing, is super loud but when the actors talk, it sounds as though the movie were filmed in a library during working hours. It's annoying and most people who watch movies on their computers will resort to increasing and decreasing the volume to spare their ears. If you use VLC player though, it has a compression tool that you can enable and it will fix the problem altogether. Here's how it works. Read More

How To View All Photos Sent Over An iMessages Conversation Thread

There are a lot of messaging apps available for iOS but I've never really been sold on any of them. iMessages is my go-to app for messaging even though it doesn't work when I need to message someone who uses an Android phone. That said, my one reason for preferring iMessages over all other apps is that I know I can use it to send high quality photos and videos from my phone. The photos and videos aren't compressed and I don't have to worry about them not being sent/received. iMessages maintains a complete history of your conversation, including images, unless you choose to delete them yourself. This means you can scroll to the top and read older messages. If you aren't concerned with the text-based conversation you've had over an iMessages conversation thread and would simply like to see the photos and videos that have been exchanged, you don't need to load older messages to do so. There's a simpler way. Read More

Stop The ‘Sign In’ Tab From Opening Every Time You Launch Chrome

Syncing is a very popular, and exceptionally useful feature in Chrome that lets you sync your browsing history, bookmarks, autofill data, and even apps and extensions to any Chrome browser that you sign in to. The Sync feature is available on both desktops and mobile apps. All you need to sync your settings and information is a Google account. On the desktop Chrome insists, very forcefully, that you sign in and sync your information. For private systems, the sync feature is absolutely great but if you're ever using a computer that isn't exclusively used by you signing in might lead to your information being seen by someone else. You might want to avoid signing in under the circumstances. There's also a chance that you don't find the feature useful at all in which case Chrome persistently asking you to sign in every time you open the browser may be more than annoying. Here's how to get it to stop. Read More

Check Who’s Received & Read A Message In A Whatsapp Group

The great thing about text messages is that they don't send a 'Seen' report back to the original sender. You can always ignore a text message and if your carrier has the right kind of bad reputation, you can even get away with saying you never got a message. Just about any messaging service that sends messages over the internet has a 'seen' feature; iMessages, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, etc all make it hard to avoid conversations. It's hard to ignore a message in a one-on-one conversation though it is much easier to do so in a group chat. If you use Whatsapp and often have long conversations in groups, you might want to know if certain messages were read by all members of the group or not. Here's how you can check. Read More

How To Edit System Environment Variables For A User In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a new Settings app and it's kind of confusing for anyone switching to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Perhaps even Windows 8 users will struggle with it because Windows has always had the control panel. The control panel was one place where you could manage your computer's settings but with the Settings app, there are now two places where you can do that. What makes it more difficult to adjust to is the fact that some things can only be changed from the Control Panel but have to be accessed from the Settings app. If you're looking for a way to edit environment variables for a particular user, you might feel a little lost trying to find the setting. Here's a brief look at how you can set edit environment variables in Windows 10. Read More

How To Set A Custom Date Format In Windows

There are two widely used date formats in the world; one that puts the day first, followed by the month, and then the year. The second puts the month first, followed by the day, and then the year. These formats are a regional thing so when you install Windows, it automatically sets the date format to the popular/default one for your region. If, for any reason you feel the default date format, whether it's the long date or the short one, should be different you can easily change it. Here's how you can change the default date format in Windows and set a custom one. Read More

Get Only Recent News & Articles In Google Search By Defining A Date Range

Keeping up with news, whether it's a global event, a new device being released, the first trailer to a much anticipated movie, or just reading up on the latest bug plaguing your phone is pretty easy. You can Google just about anything though Google doesn't always rank news items or even tutorials by how recently they were published. When it comes to anything that isn't explicitly news related, Google will use other parameters when showing you relevant search results. This can be a problem when you need to find information that is recent and more relevant to your search. To confine the search results to be from a particular time period, you can use the search tools to define how recent they should be and even set a custom date range for them. Here's how. Read More

Get A Bar That Shows Active & Completed Downloads In Firefox

Firefox has gone through a lot of design changes in the past year. It's grown more and more minimal allowing for maximum space to be taken up by a web page. It did away with a lot of bars and buttons that were part of the interface a few years back giving users a much neater browser to work with. One of the major UI changes that Firefox made was to kill the downloads bar and replace it with a single Downloads button. The button, when clicked, reveals a pop-up menu that will show the progress of active downloads and recently completed downloads. Download Bar is a Firefox add-on that brings back the downloads bar. It not only shows you all completed downloads but also those in progress. The downloads are color coded so that completed and active ones are easier to distinguish. Read More

Call Your Three Favorite Contacts From The Notification Center [iOS]

iOS 9 introduced a 'suggestions' feature that is coupled with Spotlight search. When you swipe down to open Spotlight search, both contacts that you have recently been talking to, and apps that you recently used appear as suggestions. The feature makes it easy to revert to a 'previous' app making multi-tasking work better overall. Since the suggestions feature is dynamic and set to update to according to how you use your iPhone, you can't rely on it always show the contact you want to call at a given time. Swipe Dial is a free iOS widget app that lets you add your three favorite contacts to the Notification Center and call them. You can add more than three contacts, and message and Facetime functionality with an in-app purchase. Read More

Get Android Marshmallow’s Doze Feature On Older Android Versions

Battery life is one of the major factors that we take into consideration when buying a smartphone. All smartphones, as far as the marketing for them goes, boast a ridiculously long battery life on a single charge but it's always far from the truth. Battery life depends on what apps you use on your phone and how long you use them. It also depends on which apps you allow to run in the background and how much they tax your battery while they are in the background. Android Marshmallow introduced a new feature called 'Doze' that helps conserve battery life by turning off background app refresh. The feature is fully automated and you can't decided when to turn it On or Off. All you can do is exclude certain apps from the Doze feature. If you're running an older version of Android, anything older than Marshmallow, and would like to use the feature, Doze is a free Android app that does the trick. You do not need to have  a rooted device for the app to work. Read More

Free eBook: Introduction To Windows 10 Security

Microsoft had users on edge when reports of  it collecting data in Windows 10 surfaced. That initial impression has stuck around shadowing the many great new security features that the new operating system introduced. Security threats, whether you're talking about a personal computer or a network of systems in an office, are a huge concern. Those alarmed by the idea that Microsoft is spying on its users will be reluctant to upgrade to Windows 10 based on security concerns alone. If you're wondering whether or not Windows 10 is secure, or you work as a network administrator and need to convince the office to go for an upgrade, Introduction To Windows 10 Security is an ebook you should consider checking out. The book, normally priced at $24.95 is available for free to our readers. It not only compares the new security features available in Windows 10 to those in Windows 7 & 8, but also touches on how to mitigate risks of compromised accounts, improve account and app security, and manage your active directory in the cloud. Read More

The Complete Guide To How Torrents Work

Torrent is a word fast becoming synonymous with piracy. Any time you read about music or TV show piracy being on the rise, you read about several sites that host torrents with the words 'illegal' and lawsuit often being mentioned. So what are torrent files? What is this evil that lurks in corners of the internet but promises free TV shows and music? We're taking a brief look at what a torrent file is, how torrents work, common terms used when talking about torrents, and whether or not they are legal. Read More

The Six Best Features In Firefox For iOS

Firefox is now available for iOS. The browser that is hugely popular on desktops has been around on the Android platform for a while now. As of today, it is now available to download on an iOS device. Firefox has always had very powerful features on the desktop and the Android platform. With the iOS version it faces restrictions that it normally wouldn't face on other platforms, thus limiting what it can and can't do. That said, it's still managed to offer a few unique features and improve on those already offered by Safari and Chrome. Here's a look at the five best features in Firefox for iOS. Read More

Use The Mono Audio Channel For Better Sound When Using One Earbud

Music helps us concentrate on work but with you can't always have your earbuds in when you're working. It annoys anyone who needs to talk to you. Simply getting your attention while you work and listen to music turns into a chore for people and it impedes work. The safe way to go about it is to perhaps only listen to music through on earbud. Listening to music with just one earbud doesn't make for a great experience but it doesn't have to be that way. Simply switch to the Mono audio channel and you will have an infinitely better listening experience through just one earbud. Here's how to switch to the Mono channel on iOS, Android, and Windows. Read More

Open A Time Limited Tab And Restrict Your Procrastination Browsing

One more link, one more video, and one more image; that's how hours go by and nothing gets done. It's hard to not procrastinate and people go to great lengths to enforce barriers between them and their mode of procrastination. Employers will often block certain time wasting websites from being accessible in an attempt to boost productivity and that (sometimes) works. If however, you prefer to regulate yourself instead of being forced to be productive, there are a lot of tools out there that help you balance a quick break between work that needs to be done. Take a five is a little web app that lets you open a 'timed' tab. The tab lets you access any website you want but once the timer runs out, the tab will be closed without warning. Read More