Password Recovery: When Did I Create My Google Account?

I’m not going to boast about how I think of great complicated passwords for my email account, Facebook, Twitter, and the entrance to my secret lab. I am able to remember them easilt but the same can’t be said for everyone and every time I change my password (which I do regularly because security) I do struggle to recall it the first few days. But remembering passwords isn’t easy for everyone and recovering a Google Account password involves a question that one is highly unlikely to remember the answer to; when did you create your Google account? I found this out a few weeks ago when my dad who is aging well but with a poor memory forgot the password to his Gmail account. I had helped him set it up but Gmail wouldn’t let me recover it using the secondary email address. If you’ve had the unfortunate luck of forgetting your Gmail password and you need to know when you created your account, here’s two quick ways to find it. Read More

Google Keep Update: Read Text In Images, List Settings, Trash Can For Notes

Google Keep received an update and brought three noteworthy features to the note taking app and a UI tweak. The first and possibly our personal favorite of the new feature is the transcribe text option. When your note consists of only a picture, such as that of a book, you can have Google Keep transcribe the text for you. This is standard OCR but it is very useful for those of us who take pictures of written instructions. Second; Google Keep has introduced a trash bin for notes and lists that you delete, Once a note is deleted, it stays in the trash bin for 7 days before being deleted permanently. You can manually empty the trash any time you want. Third we have list settings that let you decide where the next item in a list goes (relative to the last one you just added) and where checked items should be shown. These features are available on both the web and the Android app. The update is being rolled out slowly but here’s how each of the features work. Read More

HoverChat Is A Messaging App For Android With Facebook Like Floating Bubbles

Chat bubbles introduced by Facebook have become quite popular and not because they look nice, which they do, but because they are incredibly functional as far as on-screen notifications go. Because of their popularity, lots of messaging and chat apps have incorporated similar floating bubbles. HoverChat is one such messaging app that does chat bubbles extremely well. When you receive a new message, a bubble appears on your home screen. You can tap it and view the message in a small floating window without having to switch to the app itself and reply to the message. The floating window can be moved to any one of the screen edges. Read More

Add A Middle-Click Context Menu For Accessing Folders On Windows

The middle mouse click in your browser performs two very useful functions; it lets you open a link in a new tab and it closes tabs when you click on them. Unfortunately, the middle click button does nothing on the desktop. FoldersPopUp is a little Windows utility that not only puts the middle mouse button to excellent use but also makes it very easy to open folders. This utility brings up a context menu when you middle click with your mouse. The menu has options for quickly accessing the Desktop, Documents, Pictures, My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Control Panel, and Recycle bin folders and your C drive, Windows folder, and Program files.  You can add any folder you like if the presets aren't enough. If you rely solely on a touchpad, you can use FoldersPopUp’s customizable shortcut keys instead. Read More

Disable And Manage Photo Tagging On Twitter

Twitter is slowly, and steadily adding Facebook-like features and the latest feature the micro blogging site announced was the ability to tag photos. At the same time, Twitter announced that users could now send up to four photos in a single tweet. While the increased number of photos that can be tweeted at a time are a reason to rejoice, anyone who has been tagged in a photo on Facebook will have natural concerns on what this new feature means for their privacy and if it can be turned off. The good news is that the new feature comes with privacy options to control who can tag you. The feature can be disabled altogether to prevent spammers and users you do not know from tagging you, or it can be limited to just the people who you follow. Read More

Create Facebook Chat Groups And Forward Messages On Your iPhone

Facebook is a social network, an all-consuming hole, the cause for a lot of drama, and possibly an excellent tool in helping you make poor relationship decisions when you are drunk. It is also one of the best ways to keep in touch with what happens in the lives of friends and family members. Despite the negativity that some would associate it with it, Facebook is a great communication tool because everyone is on Facebook, everyone. One very popular Facebook feature is chat and such is its popularity that Facebook has a dedicated Messenger app for your smartphone. Facebook released a new version of its Messenger app a few days ago and it greatly improves the chatting experience for  iPhone users. Users can now create groups and forward messages as well as pictures received from one friend to the other. Read More

Autodesk Brings Its 3D Home Interior Design App Homestyler To Android

Decorating a living space involves more than just placing furniture along the walls and matching the carpet with the curtains; it has a lot to do with finding the right furniture, lighting fixtures, curtains, carpets, and what not. It takes a lot of work, and there's no 'try room' for furniture like there is for clothes, so unless you know what you're getting will work for sure, you might end up buying the wrong design, style or color of furniture, fixture or decoration items. Autodesk's Homestyler is a multiplatform app  that lets you plan how you're gong to furnish a room and share your design with other users. You can choose empty rooms to furnish with virtual furniture by picking items that you can actually buy, or using mock ones that don't have a real-life replica but that you can perhaps get made by a designer or a carpenter. The app is equipped with all types of rooms, furniture pieces, fixtures, electronics, and even a large selection of paint colors for your walls. Homestyler started off as a web app, was brought to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch a couple months ago and now finally has an Android variant as well.  Read More

Flow Is An Android Reddit Client With A Gorgeous Card-Based UI & Built-In YouTube Player

Flow for Reddit is a new Reddit app for Android that focuses on two things: Reddit, and a good interface. Despite being in pre-beta, it seems to be working exceptionally well The app supports multiple Reddit accounts, makes it extremely easy to upvote/downvote content, has a built-in YouTube player, and makes sure the content that’s being shared is front and center. Image previews load with links, you can easily use filters to sort both comments and the links themselves, and conversation threads are easy to follow. Flow for Reddit doesn't have any big features to speak of other than the YouTube player; it’s the app's interface that’s the real selling point. It offers both a card-like interface as well as a simple list-based one that you can easily switch between. Read More

Create Animated GIFs From Any HTML5 Video Streaming In Chrome

GIFs are sometimes the best response (and even the only response) needed to make a point on the internet. Of course, to always have the right GIF, you must spend a lot of time looking for and collecting them. Another way would be to make or extract them yourself each time you come across a GIF-worthy clip in a video you're watching. Most users might not like this idea since it possibly entails using a web or desktop app to do so, but MakeGIF Video Capture aims to change that. It's a Chrome extension that lets you create a GIF right inside Chrome itself, as long as the video you're creating it from is being played in an HTML5 player. This means you can create GIFs from YouTube, Vimeo and possibly many other resources out there. Read More

My Mixtapez Reimagines Music Playlists On Android

Mixtapes were the predecessors of today’s playlists back when audio cassettes were still relevant and you could use a pencil for something other than writing. Mixtapes died with the cassette tape itself, and we've taken to listening to or watching playlists online, on services like Spotify, YouTube and more. My Mixtapez is an Android app that lets you browse for these modern mixtapes i.e. playlists. You can listen to them online, or download them to your device for offline playback. The app also lets you watch trending videos. However, it does not have a built-in video player, and you get to watch them in your browser. Read More

URL Uncover Helps You Determine If A Shortened Link Is Trustworthy

Thanks to URL shortening and redirection services, not all links are what they appear to be. Such shortened or redirected links take you to a different URL, which can possibly be malicious in nature as well. Extensions like WOT that tell you if a site can be trusted or not can be quite helpful for regular URLs but when it comes to shortened ones, such extensions have their limitations. URL Uncover is a web service that helps you check how safe a link is without having to visit it. You simply paste the link into it, and URL Uncover will run it by the McAfee SiteAdvisor to check if the domain is a trusted one. It will also generate a screenshot of the website that the URL links to, and pull the title, description, and keywords of that page from its metadata. Read More

10 Great New Tab Page Extensions For Google Chrome

Chrome’s New Tab page offers little by way of customization; it’s split into two or more screens (depending on how many apps you have installed), and accommodates everything from the bookmarks bar, recently closed tabs, a link to the web store, and of course, the speed dial. Apart from the websites that appear in the speed dial, there is nothing for the user to customize. That said, the page is still sufficiently equipped to meets most people's expectations from a modern browser. For anyone who wants more features, there exists a large choice of extensions that change the new tab page. Some improve the layout and increase the grid size of the speed dial, while others add useful widgets for weather and time, and there are still others that revamp the new tab page entirely, giving users a totally different experience. In what follows, we'll take a look at our collection of the 10 best new tab page extensions for Google Chrome. Read More

Get A WYSIWYG Website HTML Editor In Chrome With PageEdit

The Web Inspector tool in Chrome allows you to edit the currently loaded web page and make changes to it, but it it’s hardly the easiest way to edit a web page. PageEdit is a Chrome extension that lets you modify web pages by simply turning the tab into a WYSIWYG editor. Everything from text, images, and links becomes editable, and you see the changes happen live. The editor itself features toolbars that are similar to the ones in MS Word 2007. The extension has two modes: basic and default, that decide which toolbars will be visible when the extension is activated. Read More

BOINC Lets Your Android Device Contribute To Research When It’s Idle

Participating in scientific research doesn’t necessarily require you to invest time or get an advanced degree. Many people can reach out to local research centers and find easy ways to help but if you’d like a much easier and even less taxing way to participate in the advancement of research and science, BOINC is an Android app that lets you put your idle Android device to work for it. You can choose one of the few available projects, and your device will automatically join the network of countless others to be used for research on it while its resources are idle. You can also restrict the app to run these tasks only when it’s charging, or only when it has a certain level of minimum battery charge. Read More

Get Responsive Embed Codes For YouTube, Instagram, Google Maps & Vimeo

Embedding web content such as YouTube videos is pretty easy, since the service gives you the embed code and you need only paste it. The problem is, if you're pasting the link into a website that has a responsive design, the video frame will not resize because the embed code itself is not responsive. Same goes for embeds from Google Maps, Vimeo, and Instagram. If you know how to, you can always edit the code yourself to make it responsive, but a much faster and easier way to do is by using Embed Responsively. It’s a web app dedicated to providing you with responsive embed codes for content on services like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps, and Instagram. Read More

Responsive Inspector For Chrome Is A Great Learning Tool For Responsive Design

Chrome isn’t very big on developer tools, and that's one of the reasons why Firefox is the go-to browser for most developers. However, for those who do use Chrome, there are many extensions available to help them out in this regard. Responsive Inspector is a Chrome extension that can rightly rival the Responsive Design View that Mozilla introduced in Firefox 15. Responsive Inspector is a two-in one tool; it shows you the screen sizes a website is optimized for, and quickly lets you switch to a different one from the pop-up. Furthermore, it can take screenshots of a web page adjusted to any one of those sizes. For websites that are already optimized for certain screen sizes, you can view the CSS code responsible for that, making it a great learning tool for responsive design developers as well. Read More

Lightning Newtab Brings Bookmarks, Extensions & A Supercharged Speed Dial To Chrome New Tab Page

Chrome's new tab page doesn't offer any customization options of its own, so if you want change anything like, let's say, the number of websites you can add to the speed dial, you need an extension to do it for you. Though the Chrome Web Store isn't short on those, and Lightning Newtab is one such option available there. It modifies your new tab page so that your speed dial spans across two pages. It comes pre-loaded with popular news sites and social media networks, and also lets you set different wallpapers as the page's background, manage bookmarks and extensions, as well as choose different layouts for the speed dial itself. Read More

Add Keyword-Based Filters To Feedly & The Old Reader In Chrome

Feedly and The Old Reader are two of the RSS services that made the list of alternatives for Google Reader we put together shortly after the death of Google Reader was announced. Feedly has been embraced by most users out there, while The Old Reader is preferred by those who want a more familiar and Google Reader-like interface for reading their feeds. If you use either of these services but feel they lack powerful filters, Reader Filter is a Chrome extension that makes up for all that and more. The extension doesn't just give you filters for weeding out stories that contain certain words, but also allows you to highlight and separate such stories. Besides filters, Reader Filter lets you customize the appearance of both Feedly and The Old Reader. Let's find out more about the extension and its features after the jump. Read More

Share Bucket For Mac Offers Quick Screenshot & File Sharing Via Dropbox, Google Drive & SkyDrive

With the default screenshot tool that OS X ships with, along with so many other third-party options that are available for the platform, a new tool in this genre really has to offer something above the rest in order to make any significant impact. Share Bucket is a free screenshot tool available in the Mac App store that boasts an exceptionally good built-in image editor, along with support for uploading screenshots to several cloud service and getting a small URL for them. Once a screenshot has been ‘shared’, the link to it is copied to your clipboard. The app only allows you to capture a select area of your screen but if you want to capture the entire screen or a particular window, you can simply use the default screenshot tool and drag & drop the file on to Share Bucket’s Menu Bar icon to upload it. Read More

Free VPN Service Spotflux Brings Its Secure Browsing App To Android

A good VPN service isn't too easy to find, and finding a good free one that works well and continues to do so for an extended period of time rather than just the first couple of months after its release is near impossible. However, Spotflux has been doing all that and more. The service already has apps available for Windows, Mac and iOS, and recently, it finally released one for Android as well. The basic VPN features are free forever, but Spotflux for Android also offers several premium features that require a payment. The app comes with a ten day trial of most premium features that include bandwidth compression, blocking trackers, and keeping you safe from malware. Read More