How To Do A Quick Google Search For Selected Text In Chrome For Android

Desktop browsers have long supported a search option inside the right-click context menu. The option allows you to select text on a page, right-click it, and search for the word/phrase on your default search engine. It saves you the trouble of selecting the text, copying it to your clipboard, opening a new tab, pasting the text, and then hitting enter. The same feature hasn't quite made its way to all browsers available for mobile platforms with the exception of Chrome and Firefox for Android. These browsers do indeed have a built-in function for sending selected text to Google. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Enable Fast Startup In Windows 10

Windows 10 is supposed to be faster than its predecessors and it's also supposed to run better on older hardware. The OS is meant to be less demanding in terms of hardware requirements but if you've upgraded to Windows 10, you know that it is all it promised to be in terms of speed. Perhaps this has to do with the many bugs that still need fixing but if Windows 10 is exceptionally slow to start, there is a little setting that will allow you to speed up the boot process. Read More

How To Extend Your Windows Desktop With The Chromecast [Guide]

The Chromecast is considered a device meant for entertainment purposes. Most apps that are developed for it tend to be geared for entertainment but it has actual productive uses, for example, you can use it to give presentations from your phone. Another great use you can put your TV and Chromecast to is as an extended display for your system. You can do this with Windows 7, 8, and 10. Here's how. Read More

How To Factory Reset The Second Generation Chromecast

The second generation Chromecast differs from the first generation in many ways and one of the major differences lies in its designs. The second generation Chromecast has a more solid streamlined look but if you're upgrading from the first generation to the second one, the one thing you will notice right away is that a certain button is missing on the new device. The button, present on first generation devices, allowed users to manually reset their device to factory settings. You can just imagine how important it was. With it no longer part of the second generation device, you might be wondering how you can reboot or factory reset the second generation Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

Get Large Icons On App Tiles On The Start Menu In Windows 10

The Windows 10 Start Menu supports different tile sizes for the apps you pin to it. Resizing a tile is really simple and the size variation lets you highlight the more important and frequently accessed apps while fitting the less often used ones in a smaller area. For apps that haven't been optimized for Windows 10, you might notice that resizing an app tile on the Start Menu will leave you with a large square or rectangle that still has a small app icon sitting in the middle. For some apps like Chrome, the entire tile will show the Chrome icon but for many popular ones, that just isn't the case. To fix the problem, there's a free open source app called TileIconifier. Read More

Automatically Turn Off The Monitor/Display When You Lock Windows

Windows lets you set a time limit on how long your display should stay 'On' even if you've been inactive. This setting can be accessed from the power plan options under 'Turn off display'. The display, along with other power conserving options like dimming the display or putting Windows into Sleep mode are bound by a time trigger and dependant on the user being inactive. MpowerSaver is a little Windows utility that will turn off your display or external monitor immediately if you lock your screen. It also lets you set a schedule for when you system should shut down, restart, go to standby, or hibernate. Read More

The Play Button Under GIF & Video Posts On Reddit Actually Plays Them

Reddit is possibly one of the best, most informative ways of wasting time. You learn a lot of things by browsing it daily even though you might not get much work done. There's a whole host of add-ons, extensions, skins, and mobile apps available to make your Redditing experience better but Reddit itself also aims to help you procrastinate more easily. You might have noticed that some Reddit posts have a play button under them. It's usually posts that are videos or GIFs. The button looks more like it's just indicating the type of content shared in the post but it's an actual button that does something. Clicking it will open the media right there on the page. Read More

Add A YouTube Channel Subscription To Feedly From The Awesome Bar [Firefox]

Feedly is now the go-to RSS feed manager after Google Reader was discontinued. It's one of the best RSS readers out there and the free version has enough features that you won't miss Google Reader. What makes RSS readers popular is that they can be used to follow just about any source of content that updates regularly. They're a single-stop solution for following multiple sources all in a uniform format. One of the many things you can add to an RSS reader is a YouTube channel and if you use Feedly, FeedlyTube  is a Firefox add-on that lets you add a YouTube channel subscription to Feedly from the Awesome bar. Read More

How To Disable The Sign-In Screen Background Image In Windows 10

Windows 10 has three different types of backgrounds; the lock screen background, the desktop background, and the sign-in screen background. Of these three background images that appear on your screen, the sign-in screen background cannot be changed unless you use an app. If you leave the background untouched, you will always see the Hero wallpaper that is one of the defaults in Windows 10. If you aren't too fond of the wallpaper and would prefer to not have any image appear on the sign-in screen, here's how you can disable it altogether. Read More

Practice Public Speaking On A Virtual Stage With A Simulated Audience [Android]

Public speaking is scary and long before you get up to speak in front of people, the anxiety of having to do so cripples you. Seasoned public speakers will give you varied advice; practice in front of a mirror, picture yourself talking to an audience that came to hear you speak in their birthday suits, chew gum, etc. If your nerves are still getting the best of you, try speaking in front of a virtual audience on a virtual stage. Public Speaking for Cardboard is an Android app that you can use with your VR headset to simulate a stage or conference room for you to practice a presentation or speech in. The app is meant to work with Google Cardboard but will work fine with any other VR headset. Read More

Enter Emojis By Long Pressing A Letter On The Keyboard [iOS]

iOS has had support for multiple keyboards for a while but it was only after iOS 8 that you could add a third-party keyboard. With support for third-party keyboards, you can do quite a few things from inside the keyboard. The only slight inconvenience with the keyboards is switching between them. If you have too many keyboards added then you have all the more to cycle through. Emojo is an iOS keyboard app that combines the emoji keyboard and the alphanumeric keyboard into one. You can associate emojis with any of the letters on the keyboard and when you press and hold the key, it will automatically enter the emoji. The app is free for a limited time Read More

Block & Uninstall All Updates That Force The Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 on to its current user base since it announced the release date for the new OS. Even though the number of people who have upgraded to the new version of Windows is pretty impressive, Microsoft doesn't think it's good enough. In order to fix this problem, it is pushing Windows 10 on to people all the more aggressively. Microsoft has now dubbed all updates that will push Windows 10 on to users as 'Recommended'. This means users will once again have to sit down and hide these updates if they haven't installed already. If you're looking for a very quick and very effective way to remove all traces of Windows 10 from your system, Aegis is a little script that you can use. Read More

How To Turn Off Alerts For Group Messages On LinkedIn

LinkedIn's messaging system doesn't do the network justice. Given that the network is aimed at professionals, the messaging feature is just a disappointment. The group messages are the worst; you can be added to a massive group and there is no administrative level control on who can send a message to the entire group. People you aren't connected to will send messages to the group about just about anything and you will get an alert for it. While there is an option to 'delete' the conversation, you remain a part of the group and any new messages that are sent to this group reappear in your inbox.  The only way to stay sane and not be bothered by the spam is to turn off alerts for these group messages. Here's how. Read More

How To Force Windows 10 To Upgrade To The Latest Build

The November 2015 build of Windows 10 i.e., build 1511 was one a lot of people were looking forward to. Not only did it introduce new features but it also fixed quite a few bugs. The only problem with the build was that it didn't roll out for everyone. People are still waiting on it. If you aren't sure what build you're running you can use the version check tool to find out. If you're running an older build and Windows is continuously telling you that it's up to date, it's time to force your hand and force the update. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Rid Of Maliciously Injected Ads In Chrome For iOS

iOS sandboxes apps which means an app, if it's malicious in itself and has managed to get past the App Store, cannot mess with or access data stored in another app. With any iOS device, it's assumed with good reason that your browser cannot be hijacked by some other app, or indeed even by a malicious website but if you're using Chrome, that might not be true. Back in December 2015, I experienced first-hand ads being injected on websites that I accessed in Chrome on my iPhone. The device isn't jailbroken and the website I was visiting at the time was one I had visited often in the past without an ad ever appearing. It took a two months to get to the bottom of where the ads were coming from but I ultimately realized it was cookies that were responsible for it. Read More

Check If Tap Water Is Safe To Drink In A Country

Travelling broadens the mind but it can also upset the stomach. Travelling means getting to experience other cultures and part of that is trying food that is foreign to you. You can keep yourself in good health by eating well and eating light but there is one more thing you should be weary of; water. We're talking about drinking water and tap water, and whether or not the two can be synonymous in the country you're visiting. For some countries, particularly third-world ones, it might be a given to not drink water that hasn't been treated but if you're ever wondering whether or not tap water in a particular place is safe or not, Is the water safe to drink is a web app that will tell you. Read More

How To Check The Build Number In Windows 10

Windows 10 build updates have introduced a few new features and quite a few improvements to the OS. The latest stable builds work better than what was originally passed off as the first stable version of Windows 10 in July 2015. If you haven't seen any stability improvements or any of the new features that the later builds have introduced despite your OS being up to date, it might be you're running an older build of Windows 10. Here's where you can check the build number. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable The New Material Design Downloads Page In Chrome

Google is giving many of its products a material design makeover. Chrome for the desktop is about to receive one such update where the Downloads page has been revamped with a Material Design look. The new layout might become the default design when Chrome 49 makes it to the stable channel but if you'd like to get it early or would like to know how to disable it the second it becomes the default for the stable channel, we've got you covered. Read More

Record A Screencast And Save In MP4, AVI, OGG, WebM, Or GIF Format

Screencasting apps are no longer rare and it's easy to find an app that will record screencasts with no time limits on how long a video you can record. You're practically spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an app and VClip is just another screencast app that you ought to consider. The app stands out by offering users a rich choice in output formats. It supports saving in MP4, OGG, WEBM, AVI, and GIF formats. While MP4 and GIF formats are both become common with screencasting apps, the others are rare to come by. The app uses FFMPEG to encode videos and the output, regardless of which format you select, is excellent. VClip also lets you select the frame rate for recording. It comes with three frame rate presets to choose from. Read More

Trigger Actions Across Multiple Apps To Automate Your Workflow With Zapier

Productivity is not a one-app job. Over the course of a normal workday, we use different apps to get things done and often our tasks are redundant. The only way to deal with redundant work is to automate it and Zapier is an app that helps you connect productivity apps like Slack, Salesforce, Trello, and more. The app lets you define events that, when they occur in one app, will in turn trigger actions in one or more apps. What sets these event triggers and their actions apart is that it isn't limited to being a simple trigger and action between two apps, instead, one trigger can cause an action across multiple apps. Read More