How To Enable The Universal Clipboard In iOS 10 And macOS Sierra

In iOS 8, Apple introduced a feature called 'Handover' that worked with macOS Yosemite. It allows users to seamlessly transition between devices by allowing apps to sync work between them. Users are able to leave and pick up work right where they left it off. The feature is available with almost all Apple apps and third-party apps can add support for it as well. In iOS 10 and with macOS Sierra, this feature has been expanded to work with your clipboard. iOS 10 and macOS Sierra can now share a clipboard giving you a universal clipboard across all your devices. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Collaborate On Notes In iOS 10

The Notes app in iOS 10 has one new feature and it's a pretty awesome one. The new feature is called collaboration and it lets you invite any one of your contacts to contribute to the note. There are some limitations to it i.e. if the person you invite to collaborate on the note doesn't own an iPhone, they will not be able to edit it on any other phone. They can also view it on either a Mac or a PC via the iCloud web app. The downside is, anyone who does not have an iCloud account cannot contribute to the note. It is more less a closed environment at work. Here's how the new feature works. Read More

How To Identify An Unknown Symbol By Drawing It

Keyboards let you type the commonly used symbols such as the '@' and '&' symbol. These symbols are so common, everyone knows what they're called. The same can't be said for lesser known symbols such as statistical symbols. Not only are their names harder to remember, they are also are harder to type. Word processing apps like MS Word make these symbol easier to type via an insert menu. The menu has a list of symbols that you can browse and then insert from. For apps that don't allow this, e.g. your browser which supports simple text input, inserting a statistical symbol is a bit harder. If you don't know what a symbol is called, it will be all the more difficult for you to type it. Mausr is a little web app that simplifies this. All you have to do is draw the symbol and it will identify it. Read More

How To Create A Custom Keyboard Shortcut In MS Word 2016

MS Office is a very powerful productivity suite and MS Word is one of the most powerful word processors in the market. It's feature rich and most of its frequently used tools can be accessed via a keyboard shortcut. It might take you a little time to learn them all but you can increase and decrease font size, activate the format painter, find and replace a word, and more all from your keyboard. Of course, not all tools can be used via a shortcut. There is in fact a whole host of tools in MS Word that have no shortcut. What MS Word gives you instead is a way to record your very own shortcut for almost any tool you like. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix Missing “Add People” Button In iOS 10 Notes App

iOS 10 has its bugs and most of them, if not all, can be fixed by restarting your device. iOS 10.0.2 was released to deal with the bugs a restart, a hard reset, and a factory reset failed to fix. That said, all is not well with the new OS. Odd bugs plague iOS 10 with text being cut off in the Messages app, a serious battery drain issue, games running slower on slightly older devices being some of the more common ones. One problem that effects the Notes app is the missing 'Add People' button. The Notes app in iOS 10 lets you collaborate with other people. To collaborate on a note, there is an 'Add People' button next to the Share button at the very top of a note. You must tap this button if you want to add a collaborator to it. Unfortunately, not all users can see it. The solution is fairly simple. Here's what you have to do. Read More

How To Enable And Disable Threaded View In The Mail App In iOS 10

The Mail app in iOS 10 has a new threaded view. This threaded view has been migrated from the Mail app in macOS. What it essentially does is that it lets you see all emails sent and received in a single threaded conversation. If you've ever used Gmail on your phone or the web, you know exactly what this looks like. The execution is slightly different in iOS 10 in that you have to tap a little button to expand the thread but the concept is the same. Threaded view keeps older emails that belong to the same conversation from being buried. Here's how you can enable or disable threaded view in the Mail app in iOS 10. Read More

How To Search Safari Tabs In iOS 10

iOS 10 is out and it makes you want to have a device that has 3D touch. A lot of the shortcuts and convenient new options introduced in iOS 10 are tied to 3D touch. If your device lacks it, you will miss out on how easy iOS 10 is to use. You might even miss out on some actual features such as the flash light intensity feature. Another odd little thing in iOS in general is that some settings are only visible if your device is in landscape mode. In iOS 10, one such feature is the new search tab feature in Safari. The feature essentially lets you search all your open tabs and quickly find the one you're looking for. Here's how to access it. Read More

Google ‘Speed Test’ To Test Your Internet Speed From The Google Search Page

The Google search home page does quite a few tricks. Type in 'Atari break out' in Google image search or 'Do a barrel roll' on the search home page and you can see two of the most popular Google Easter eggs in action. The search page isn't all games and quirks though. It can do lots of other things like perform unit, time, and currency conversations. You can also get the weather for your current location and look up the pronunciation of a word. The results are all displayed in a card on the Google Search page negating the need to click on and open a link. Another neat trick the Google search page can do is test your internet speed. Simply type 'Speed Test' in the search box and hit enter. Read More

How To Sign In And Sign Out Of Game Center In iOS 10

The Game Center app in iOS is history. As of iOS 10, Game Center no longer exists as a stand alone app that you can access from the Home Screen. That isn't to say the Game Center functionality has been removed. The service still exists since many popular apps like Fruit Ninja, Letterpress, and Tall Chess all rely on it. Likewise, there is a whole host of multiplayer apps for iOS that require Game Center in order to work. If you had Game Center set up on your iPhone before you upgraded to iOS 10, you won't need to sign in to it again. If you're setting up your iPhone as a new device or if you're looking to sign out of Game Center in iOS 10, you will be lost since the app itself is gone. In iOS 10, you have to go to the Settings app to sign in and out of Game Center. Read More

How To Search Photos By Date Or Object In iOS 10

One thing that has always been true about an iPhone is that the camera is awesome. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now available with more storage than ever before which means more room for your photos. The camera is, of course, more powerful than ever and the iPhone 7 Plus has dual cameras. Needless to say, lots of photos will be taken on these devices. The Photos app in iOS lets you create albums to keep all your photos organized and iOS 10 makes it easier to find a particular photo. The Photos app in iOS 10 comes with face recognition and object search. Object search lets you search for a photo by their content. If you've taken photos of food, and who hasn't, you can search your camera roll for them. You can even search for the photos that have a drink in them or french fries. Here's how. Read More

Why Is Image Search Missing In The Messages App In iOS 10

Messages in iOS 10 has a whole host of new features. It is one of the most heavily updated apps in iOS 10. An ecosystem of apps for Messages has been created with this new version allowing you to add even more features to it via third-party apps. One noteworthy feature in the Messages app is native GIF support. The feature is called Image search. The app has long been able to play GIFs but as of iOS 10, you can now search and insert GIFs from inside the app. You don't need to install any additional apps to use this feature however it isn't available for everyone. It is region locked and if you don't live in the right place, you simply will not see it. There's a simple work around that will let you get the feature, just not natively, in the Messages app. Here's how. Read More

How To Save A Video Offline In The YouTube App

The YouTube app has a feature that lets you save videos offline. It allows you to download video content when you're connected to a WiFi network and watch the videos when a connection is not available. The videos can only be saved to and viewed from inside the official YouTube app. This feature is available on both iOS and Android. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Play Music From The Control Center In iOS 10

The Control Center is a quick access panel on iOS that houses frequently used settings. You can access it from anywhere; the lock screen, the home screen, and from inside any app. Control Center has toggles for airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, et.,c and buttons for accessing the camera, calculator, compass, and flashlight. Up until iOS 9, it also housed music controls. If you were listening to music, you didn't have to unlock your phone to manage the volume, skip a track, or play/pause it. With iOS 10, the music controls have moved or, more accurately, the Control Center has been redesigned. Here's where you can access the music controls in Control Center. Read More

How To Enter Recovery Mode On Your iPhone 7 And 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do not have a headphone jack. This is possibly the most disturbing change made to the iPhone in terms of hardware. People are so upset with the change they haven't given much thought to home button on the new sets. It is no longer a mechanical button you can press. You now tap it instead of pressing it. This hardware change doesn't call for buying any new accessories and it's fairly easy to get used to. That said, try entering recovery mode on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and you'll find you can't use the long standing method to do so because the Home button cannot be pressed. Here's how to enter recovery mode on your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Read More

Stop Notifications Waking Your Screen When Do Not Disturb Is Enabled In Android 7

Do not disturb is a feature introduced in Android 6.0. It lets you silent all notifications for a specific time period. You can choose to allow messages and calls from select contacts to still alert you when Do not disturb is enabled. You can also schedule when Do not disturb is enabled and disabled. The feature is great for when you're trying to block out distractions or you want a peaceful, stress free night of sleep. Up until Android 6.0, Do not disturb disabled all sound alerts but your screen still lit up and the LED still flashed when you had a new notification. Android 7.0 lets you disable both these visual alerts when you've turned Do not disturb on. Here's how. Read More

How To Reset Auto Open Settings For Downloaded Files In Chrome

When Chrome downloads files, it will check if the file could be dangerous. Often, it will flag EXE and even ZIP files when you try to download them. You have to then give explicit permission to download the file. Likewise, for trusted file types that you download, you have the option to open them automatically. You can set Chrome to automatically open a PDF, PNG, or JPG file the second it finishes downloading. The file opens in an external app, i.e. the default app for that file type on your system. If you'd like to disable auto opening for a particular file type or for all file types, there's a fairly easy method to it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Pin An App To The Share Menu In Android 7

Android has a system wide share menu that apps can access. The share menu makes it so you can share content from one app to another. It's useful for when you want to share a link you have open in Chrome with someone on Whatsapp. The share menu has been a part of Android for ages. Very few changes have been made to it over the years. With Android 7, the share menu now lets you pin your favorite sharing app to the top inside the menu. This makes it easier for you to select the app you want to share over. It also makes selecting recent contacts to share with much quicker. Here's how to pin an app to the share menu in Android 7. Read More

How To Save A Post To Drafts In Instagram For Editing Later

An Instagram filter can make a photo look good with no additional photography skills needed.  It does still have quite a few additional tools for making photos look good. It has the Layout app to support it as well as tools for adjusting the shadow, orientation, brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. If you're willing to spend more than a few seconds composing an Instagram post, you likely make use of its many other tools. The process can end up taking quite a bit of time which you might not have in one sitting. Up until a recent update, you had to either compose and post a photo in one sitting, or lose your edits until you had the time to complete them. Instagram has rolled out a 'Drafts' feature which lets you save the edits you've made to a photo and continue where you left off when you have the time. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Delete And Restore Stock Apps In iOS 10

Smartphones and laptops all come bundled with stock apps. The apps are there so that a user can perform basic functions with an out-of-the-box device. Most apps are helpful e.g. weather apps or email clients but some are just bloatware. From iOS to Android, to Windows 10, you can find a whole host of apps pre-installed on your device that you will likely never use. These stock apps, if nothing else, take up space on your device. In iOS 10  you can remove the stock apps you don't like. If you later change your mind, you can restore the app. Here's how. Read More

How To Control Apps Using A Siri Command In iOS 10

iOS 10 has opened up access to a lot of stock apps. Siri is now more powerful simply because it can connect with other apps. Prior to iOS 10, Siri could only send a message via the stock Messages app. As of iOS 10, you can ask Siri to send a message through any app that now supports it. In fact, all apps, not just messaging ones, can now connect with Siri. You can use you reminder app of choice to create a new reminder or ask Siri to make a note in your preferred app. At present, Viber and Whatsapps have both added Siri support. Here's how to get Siri to start using your preferred apps for sending a message. Read More