How To Always Open Start Menu In Full Screen In Windows 10

The Start Menu is back in Windows 10. It was sorely missed in both Windows 8 and 8.1 and because you love Windows, a Microsoft product, the company decided to listen to your outrage and bring this iconic feature back. The Start menu isn't the same as it was in Windows 7. It's evolved in just the right way with live tiles,  the Modern UI is still intact, the shut down button is back, and lots more. One of the newer additions to the Start menu is the ability to maximize it and use it in that maximized state so that it functions somewhat like the Modern UI start screen we all didn't like. Some of you might prefer to always have the Start Menu open in a maximized state and here's how you can do just that. Read More

Where Is The Charms Bar In Windows 10?

Windows 8 was heavily criticized for removing the start button. So loud was the dissension that Microsoft had to yield to it and the start button made a come back in Windows 8.1. Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu though with a very modern look so it seems things will be returning to a new normal with the next version, right? Nope. Once you're done exploring the new Start Menu in Windows 10 you might start wondering where the Charms bar (introduced in Windows 8 and much loved) is. The very short answer to that question is that it's gone but not missing. Here's what has happened to it. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Windows 10 Notification Center

As apps continue to grow more pro-active in how they communicate with users, the need to consolidate notifications sent by these apps is becoming more and more pressing. Smartphones have long had a unified notification system that allows users to review all notifications sent by apps and something similar is slowly making its way to the desktop. OS X has a notification center to match the feature of the same name on iOS, the Chrome browser has also streamlined notifications with its fairly new notification center, and Windows 10 likewise has followed suit. Notifications weren't absent from Windows even as far back as Windows XP, they just looked really different. The new Windows 10 Notification center combines notifications and the charms bar into one very easy to use panel. Here's what it can do. Read More

Create GIFs From Videos And Add Text With The New Imgur GIF Creator

We all take our GIFs very seriously but no one takes them as seriously as Imgur. The service started out as a great way to share images on Reddit where the GIF format is very popular. Imgur has been hard at work trying to improve the GIF format. Last year it announced the GIFV format that made it easier to upload and view larger, longer, and better quality GIFs but today it's done something absolutely wonderful; it's incorporated a video to GIF maker that even lets you add text to your GIF. If your GIF is large, it will convert it to GIFV format and it will automatically be uploaded to Imgur, ready for sharing. Read More

How To Add Places To Cortana In Windows 10

Cortana is the new assistant that Micorsoft is packaging with Windows 10. You can activate Cortana with a voice command, 'Hey Cortana', and among the many things you can do with it, you can also set a reminder. The reminders can be set so that they alert you at a specific time or place. Setting up a time-based reminder is easy enough but before you can set a place reminder with Cortana, you need to first add a place to it. Here's how. Read More

How To Teach Cortana Your Name In Windows 10

Cortana in Windows 10 can learn your name; the first time you set Cortana up it will ask what name it should call you. Each time you activate the feature, you will hear it ask you by name, what it can help you with. Siri automatically picks up your name from when you name your iOS device but Cortana goes the extra mile and makes an attempt to know your name and pronounce it correctly . You can enter it when you enable the personal assistant but should you skip the step, or need to correct it, the name can easily be changed. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable Cortana & Turn On ‘Hey Cortana’ Feature In Windows 10

Cortana is easily going to be one of our most extensively covered features of Windows 10. Cortana isn't enabled by default so if you never set it up, you essentially have just the normal Search feature that you can type queries into and search online or on your device. The disadvantage of not turning Cortana on is that you can't use the Notebook, Places, and Reminder features. Here's the super simple way of turning Cortana and the 'Hey Cortana' feature on. Read More

How To Remove Search Bar From Taskbar In Windows 10

We've seen Windows 10 evolve with each updated build that has been released and a very prominent, much talked about feature that was introduced was the new search bar added next to the start button. It takes up space on the Taskbar which we usually reserve for our frequently used apps and it is somewhat redundant since you can still search your computer from the Start Menu. Fortunately, there are two very simple ways to disable the Search bar so that it doesn't appear on the Taskbar in Windows 10. Here's how. Read More

3 Things You Can Do With Cortana In Windows 10

Personal assistance apps coming to the desktop was only a matter of time and the Windows 10 preview build released a few days ago gives us a look at how Cortana will work on your desktop. Integrated with the search feature that debuted with Window 10, it's more than just a way to push people to use Bing. We took it for a spin and here are three things you do with Cortana, and a guess at what else you will be able to do with it once the feature rolls out in the final version. Read More

35 Best iOS Apps Of The Year 2014

With the first month of 2015 coming to a close, we're finishing our 'best of 2014' lists with the best saved for last. Here is our round-up of the very best iOS apps reviewed last year. We normally only review apps that are free but will occasionally make an exception for a particularly amazing paid app, and some of those apps have made it to our list. Enjoy! Read More

How To Stop And Play A Long Imgur GIF From The Start

Following the launch of Project GIFV by Imgur, lots of great high quality GIFs have been shared on the website. And with support for larger files, not only is the quality better but they GIFs are longer. Long GIFs existed before GIFV and in the event you missed a part of it, you'd have to sit through the rest of it, before it looped back to the start. With GIFV, that isn't the case. In fact, you can pause a GIF, prevent it from looping, and go back to the start from any point. Here's how. Read More

Create To-Do Items From An Email And Add Them To Your Calendar [iOS]

Reminder apps and To-do lists are an area where innovation is difficult. Just about every imaginable way of remembering to do things, or trying to be productive with lists and alarms has been developed. You can always improve on an existing concept but it is hard to think of something truly original. Google tried its hand at making email more manageable with its recent Inbox app. Something developed along those same lines is Handle, a free reminder app for iOS that can connect with your email account and create reminders from any email. In addition to email, the app can also connect with the Calendar app on your iOS device and let you create events from the email or add ones that aren't tied down to one. Read More

What Free Upgrade To Windows 10 Means For You

The Windows 10 event was huge and not just because it listed a lot of new changes that are to be implemented in the next Windows 10 build or because of Cortana but also because of the HoloLens announcement and the news that Windows 10 will be free for everyone running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. I'm still very excited about the HoloLens preview and the mind blowing Minecraft integration shown but apart from that this news of the free upgrade is a major point of interest for me, and possibly for many other people. Here's a look at what the announcement means for both consumers and for Windows as a product. Read More

How To Use WhatsApp From The Desktop

In May 2013, Viber released desktop clients for both Windows and Mac along side a feature called ViberOut which allows users to hand off a call from their mobile devices to their desktops. A good year later, WhatsApp has rolled out something to that same effect. WhatApp conversations can now be held from your desktop. Their solution isn't as flexible as what Viber had to offer. To begin with, there is no desktop app; the conversations are to be held over a web interface (linked at the end) and for now, only the Chrome browser is supported. Like with Viber, your connection is still tied to your phone and the phone number registered with the app. You will have to upgrade your current WhatsApp app and unfortunately, iOS will not get this new feature (yet?). The present offering is available for Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Nokia S60. Read More

Give Ethernet Higher Priority Over WiFi Connection In Windows 10

Long before routers were the default way to connect to the internet, when we had dial-up modems that were louder than car alarms, and wireless connectivity just wasn't something your system had because it was a tower PC, we had the choice to select which connection, of those available, Windows should connect with. I can still remember the havoc I caused because I didn't know what it was for and played around with it more than anyone would normally need to. Today, WiFi is the preferred way to connect to the internet simply because there are no restraining wires involved and it's super easy. That said, laptops still come with Ethernet ports and they are still used to connect to the internet sometimes being preferred over WiFi. It's common enough to see people connected to an Ethernet network when at their desk but still preferring to keep the WiFi switch on so that they don't lose internet connectivity when they have to step away. If you're in a similar situation, here is how you can tell Windows 10 to always connect to the internet over the Ethernet network when it's available and only switch to a WiFi network when the cable is disconnected. Read More

Create A Color Scheme Centered Around A Single Color Of Your Choice

Just last week we reviewed Sip for iOS; the newly released partner app for the color picking tool of the same name available for Mac. We compared it to Adobe Color in terms of feature and functionality. A brand new arrival in the same niche is Coolors, a free iOS app that generates random color schemes. You can cycle through the many schemes it has to offer, or you can enter any color code and have the app suggest colors to go with it. Once you've settled on a scheme, you can export it over email, as a PDF, a URL, or a PNG file. Read More

This Interactive Chart Uses Custom Filters To Find The Right Laptop

Back in 2013, we reviewed an excellent service called Swogo that helped people find the perfect laptop on a budget. Since then, the service and the company itself has gone a different direction and to this day, I haven't found anything nearly as good to take its place. Apps and services do exist that help you narrow your choice in the kind of laptop you might want to buy but they fall short of what Swogo offered back in 2013. Product Comparison Chart is a web app that can finally take its place. Not only does it let you find the perfect laptop but also the perfect smartphone. Surprisingly it doesn't cater to the tablets market but we're not complaining. The app offers a rich search criteria that has plenty of filters you can customize as per your need and the results are sorted by price.You can set the RAM, CPU, Resolution, screen size, and much more. Read More

39 Best Chrome Extensions Of The Year 2014

Extensions have long been stretching the functionality our browsers have to offer us. Branching past productivity, extensions add convenience and even customization as well as lending us a new way to interact with our favorite services. Chrome users have a very large web store to download apps and extensions from, provided you have the patience to go through the long list of them and the search feature finds something relevant for you. That said, here are the 39 best Chrome extensions we reviewed this past year. Read More

Disable MS Office 2013 Start Screen & Always Open Blank Documents

MS Office 2013 is without argument the most polished face the productivity suit has ever had, to date. It's an obvious outcome of it being around for years and being improved upon. That said, I don't always like the new start screen in Office 2013 which stalls the actual program being launched. I use Word quite often and I'm still in the habit of launching it from the taskbar and immediately being able to start typing or at times, pasting text. The start screen is often an unnecessary extra step for me and at times very annoying. For anyone in the same boat, there is a simple solution to this problem and that is to disable the start screen. It's an option that can be exercised on a per-app basis for the Office Suit and is very easily reversible. Read More