Install An App APK On Your Android Device From The Desktop [Windows]

One of the things I'm most envious about when it comes to Android is the ability to initiate an app download from the desktop version of the Google Play store and remotely install an app to any Android device associated with my account. I would kill to have something like that on iOS. Pure APK Install is a new Windows app from Pure APK; a service that lets you download app APKs from the Google Play store. The app works independently of its own service and lets you install any APK file on your system to your Android device. You don't need root access and you can choose whether an app is installed to the external storage or the device's internal memory. For anyone who has trouble downloading and installing apps on their device, Pure APK Install is a simple solution. Read More

Get Recently Opened Items On The Taskbar Without Pinning Them In Windows 10

The Taskbar is a long running feature of the Windows operating system and it survived Windows 8. It's where we multitask, switch between apps, pin our frequently used apps and, come Windows 10, it's how we will add new virtual desktops. Basically, the Taskbar was really important before but now it's going to get a whole lot busier. Choosing which apps appear on the Taskbar is tricky; you don't want a cluttered mess of app icons that overflow into a jump list and yet you still want to be able to access your frequently used apps. Windows 10 comes with a really awesome feature that automatically adds your more recent apps to the Taskbar and continually updates the list. This means you don't have to choose between which apps to pin but you will always have the apps you're currently working with the most on the taskbar. Here's where you can turn the feature on. Read More

Pin Your Favorite Websites To The Windows 10 Start Menu

A few days ago we touched on how you can pin your frequently used settings to the Start Menu in Windows 10. Doing so makes for faster access and will obviously be a time saver while you get used to the new Settings app. For those of you who have been keeping up with news about Windows 10, you might know that Internet Explorer as we know it is no more. When it ships at the end of July, Windows 10 will come with the new rebranded and much improved Edge browser (previously called Project Spartan). The new browser comes with lots of great new features including one that lets you pin you favorite apps to the Start Menu, much like you can with settings. Here's how it works. Read More

Arrange Photos In Your Facebook Post When Uploading Them From Your Phone

The photos we share on Facebook make up a huge part of how we interact with other people on the social network. Take the ability to post photos away from Facebook and you'd be left wondering what to there. Facebook knows just how important photos are and it makes a deliberate effort to give us a great photo sharing experience. It also buys apps like Instagram to make sure it owns all your photos. Photo sharing is of course a feature everyone uses and if you often post photos from your smartphone you might wonder how you can post them in the right order (appetizer, main course, drinks, and dessert). The Facebook app lets you arrange them easily whether you're posting them for the first time or editing a post after sharing them. Here's how. Read More

Add Comic Book Style Text And Speech Bubbles To Your Photos [iOS]

Adding text to photos is possibly the second most popular type of edits people make, second of course to applying filters. There are some exceptionally popular apps like Over and Photolettering that are popular because they give users wonderful fonts and complete control for playing with typography. Fork is a new app and social network that lets you add speech bubbles and comic book style elements to photos. The app aims to give photos a more comic-book like feel and comes with the stickers to boot. Here's a look at all the app has to offer. Read More

Fix Stuck Pixels On Your Screen By Flashing Bright Colors On It

The dreaded dead pixel is a nightmare and sometimes it's dead beyond resuscitation. Not all spots on your screen are dead pixels though; some of them might just be stuck and a stuck pixel has a better chance of being fixed than a dead one. There are several popular methods for fixing a stuck pixel on an LCD screen, one of which involves rapidly flashing different colors on your screen (or over the defected area) to fix it. Meet JScreenFix; a simple browser based app that provides a flashing screen for just this solution. Read More

Transfer Music & Videos To Your iPhone Without iTunes [Giveaway]

For as long as I've loved the iPhone, I've hated iTunes with a vengeance. I've searched for a lot of solutions, any way to circumvent iTunes and painlessly transfer music from my PC to my iPhone but most solutions I've encountered were so complicated it was better to stick to iTunes. Meet WALTR; an app for both Windows and Mac that lets you send music and video files to your iPhone (or iPad) without needing iTunes and without having to jailbreak your iPhone. The files go to the native music and video apps on your device and play normally as if you had sent them using iTunes. What's more is you don't have to worry about the file format because WALTR supports a lot of them and takes care of any conversion that may be needed. You need only connect your device to your system with the charging cable, drag & drop the files, and in a matter of seconds they will be sent to your device. WALTR is a $30 app with a fourteen day trial and the developers have generously shared 3 licenses to give away to our readers. Update: The giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly. Read More

Set The Start Menu Color Based On Your Desktop Background In Windows 10

As far as build no 10130 goes, Windows 10 has seemingly removed the ability to set any color as your desktop background and is instead limiting you to choosing one of the presets. That said, there's a really neat feature for setting the best color possible for the Start Menu based on the image you have as your wallpaper. Unfortunately, it's positioned so you're more likely to find it by accident instead of on purpose but the feature itself sets it up so that the Start menu will be more visually appealing. Here's where you can turn it on. Read More

View Which Apps Have Access To Your Webcam In Windows 10

Microsoft has really revamped how it presents settings to users and if you've been using the various preview builds that have been released this past year you might have noticed that the company is making a concentrated effort to simplify things. You have the Settings app where you can find most feature settings that an average user might need but the control panel is still alive and well for anyone looking to dig deeper. In Windows 10, an app needs your explicit permission before it can access your camera (or microphone) and the new settings app provides a very simple way to manage which apps have access to the camera. You can easily edit the list and revoke permissions for an app with a few clicks. Here's how. Read More

Recall A Sent Email With Gmail’s New Undo Send Button

If you're a power user, you might already be familiar with the Undo Send feature that has been part of Gmail for a while. It's less known among average users because up until a few days ago, it was purely experimental. The feature has now graduated to the stable version of Gmail and it's a life saver for anyone who has ever accidentally hit the 'Send' button only to realize they forgot to attach a file or that they had only written the opening salutation in the email and nothing else. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Sideload Apps In Windows 10

Microsoft has finally seen the utility an app store; a certified place where users of its desktop and/or mobile operating system can find apps that are safe to download and do not come packaged with bloatware. An official app store helps developers as much as it helps ordinary users since it gives them a place that many users will turn to when searching for an app. They audience they get can help introduce their seemingly obscure apps. That said, Windows users are in a transition phase; we love the Windows Store but we're not quite used to being limited to one place for installing our apps. Anyone who wants to sideload a modern app will be met with a bit of a snag since Windows 10, by default, doesn't let you do so. Fortunately, it hasn't blocked that ability and for whatever reason you might have to sideload an app, here's how to do it. Read More

Search Imgur For Reaction GIFs From Inside Facebook Messenger

Imgur, while great for sharing images on Reddit is notorious for its very bad mobile apps. They recently released a fresh Android app and just a while before that overhauled their iOS app. The effort made on either one was unimpressive but Imgur still remains one of the biggest hoards of images available online. If you installed the app but are considering uninstalling it because it's so terrible you might want to keep it around because it lets you search for and send reaction GIFs from the Facebook Messenger app. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn On Developer Mode In Windows 10

Windows 10 is not yet available for general consumers. The current builds available from Microsoft are test builds aimed at seeing how users are responding to the features that are going to be part of the final version and also to gain feedback about what works and what doesn't. You might be surprised to learn that while the builds are notorious for not being user ready, plagued with bugs, and carrying the general advice tag that they shouldn't be used on your main system, they are not in fact geared towards developers. When you install one of the builds, you run it in normal mode. In order to turn on developer mode, you need to tweak a little setting. Here's where to look for it. Read More

Change The Default Drive For Installing Modern App In Windows 10

A few days ago we discussed how you can move an already installed Modern app to a different drive. Apps installed from the Windows Store by default are installed in the C drive and you do have the option to move them to a different drive later without having to go uninstall and reinstall them. If you want to change the installation location for all apps that are downloaded from the Windows Store so that you don't have to move them later, here's the setting you need to tweak to do it. Read More

Find The Best Hashtags By Subject For Your Instagram Photos [Paid]

Instagram is a social network like no other; what started out as an app for sharing photos turned into something huge, inspiring other apps and making filters popular. Filters are one area that Instagram has been a huge inspiration but there are other utilities that the app has inspired one of which is Tagdock. It's a third-party keyboard app for iOS that's meant to be used with the Instagram app. It's worth $0.99 in the App Store and while entering hashtags isn't something overly complicated, the app makes it easier to do so by suggesting the right hashtags to use given the subject of your photo. For those of you wondering why hashtags would matter so much it's because using the right hashtag can make a difference in how many people find, view, and like your photos. You must be running iOS 8 or above to use this app. Read More

How To Use Autofill In MS Excel For The iPad And iPhone

The larger screen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus allow us to work more comfortably on our phones. One app that I previously couldn't have imagined using on a smaller sized iPhone but can use with considerable ease on the larger screen is MS Excel. I recently needed to make a quick spreadsheet for something (yes, this actually happens to people) but hit a bit of a snag when I realized I was on a phone and not my desktop. I needed to use the autofill function that allows me to fill a certain number of rows or columns with a series (days, months, years, etc) bu didn't know how that would work on a touchscreen.  It took some time to figure out but here's how to use the autofill feature in MS Excel for iOS. Read More

Hide Windows/Apps Open On Other Virtual Desktops From The Taskbar [Windows 10]

Better late than never, Windows is finally getting virtual desktops. It's a feature that both Linux and OS X have had for quite a few years now. With Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft was too busy destroying it's much loved Start menu to pay attention to the feature but come Windows 10 you will have virtual desktops that you can use to organize your windows and workflow. That said, by default, the taskbar will shows indicators for all windows that are open across all desktops. If you have Chrome open on Desktop 1 and are currently working in Desktop 2 the Chrome icon will appear in the taskbar. Here's how you can limit it to showing only those that are active on the current desktop. Read More

Add Shortcuts To Windows Libraries To The Start Menu In Windows 10

The Start Menu in Windows 7 has links to your libraries; Documents, Music, Videos, etc. While Windows 10 is bringing back the beloved Start Menu that was killed in the previous version of Windows, it's doing so with monumental differences (read improvements). In the process, it's removed links to your Windows libraries. Fortunately, they aren't gone and Users can customize which libraries appear on the Start Menu. Here's how. Read More

You Can Create Custom Vibrations On Your iPhone, Here’s How

If phantom vibrations bother you, or you feel the default vibrations on your iPhone don't do a good enough job of alerting you when you have new notification, then there's good news. iOS has a built-in feature that lets you create your very own custom vibration. It sounds complicated and nearly impossible but Apple's found a way to make it happen and the feature has been part of iOS for a good while now. Here's how you can create your very own vibration pattern for alerts on your iPhone. Read More

Get LINE Messenger App’s Emojis Without Installing The App Itself [iOS]

Messenger apps are not an overcrowded app category but these apps are some of the hardest to build a strong user base for. Facebook leads this space with Messenger and Whatsapp, followed by Viber. Line is another popular messaging app though with far fewer users than the top three in this category and it features some great Emojis. If you like the emojis the app has to offer but are reluctant to have yet another messaging app to check and keep up with on your phone, you can now install Line app's emoji's as a separate keyboard on your iPhone. Be warned, this app requires full access that will send everything you type (using the keyboard) to its developers. You must have iOS 8 or above running on your iPhone to use the app. Read More