How To Check If Your Internet Connection Is Fast Enough For Gaming & Netflix

If you have to download a very large file the best way to do it is to let it happen overnight. Not only will you get maximum speed because everyone is asleep, but also you won't have to stop everything you're doing just to get the download to finish faster. The same trick obviously can't be used when you want to play a game or watch Netflix. Not only do you need more than just a reasonably high download speed to play games smoothly but you also need low latency. A lot of online internet speed testing services check the latency of your internet connection in addition to its upload and download speed but SourceForge has a new internet speed checking tool that makes sense out of those figures and tells you if your connection is suitable for gaming and watching Netlix, Hulu, or streaming live to Twitch. Read More

How To Open A Google Docs File From A Home Screen Shortcut [iOS]

Productivity apps are rarely worth using unless they have smartphones apps to accompany their web or desktop interfaces. Google Docs is no different; it's an incredibly awesome way to collaborate and create documents in the cloud but it would be far less useful if it didn't have an app for iOS and Android devices. The Google Docs app is feature rich and has a nifty little 'Starred' option for bookmarking your most important documents but if going through them still seems like a tedious task to you, you can use a little trick with an HTML file, Dropbox, and of course Google Docs to open a document in two taps. This hack comes from Sascha Mombartz who developed it. Read More

Toggle System Settings And Launch Apps Via Text Commands On OS X

Spotlight is quite a popular feature on OS X and people who have used both OS X and Windows often cite it as the better of the two. Spotlight is great for launching apps or looking up the definition of a word but it is still a basic search tool. Lacona is free OS X app that's built to work like Spotlight but is exponentially better. The app will let you launch other apps, open URLs in any app of your choice, toggle the WiFi switch, empty the trash, and much more all by typing it into the Spotlight like command bar. Where Spotlight can search apps, Lacona can perform actions. Read More

How To Import A Photo Edited On Your iPhone To Your Computer

iOS 8 introduced quite a few editing options in the default Photos app that allowed you to straighten and crop a photo among other things. If at any time you ever feel you've made a mistake editing the photo you can always reset it. It's pretty awesome and it lets you edit away without having to worry about losing a good photo. This all great up until you try and import the photo like you do all others to your Mac or PC. You will find the photo can only be imported in its unedited original form. You might also notice that for every photo you edited using the Photos app, there is a corresponding AAE format file for it. If you're wondering where those files came from and how you can import your edited photo to your Mac or PC without too much trouble, we have the answers. Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Multimedia Actions For The Function Keys

The function keys on our laptops double as multimedia keys that allow us to pause/play a video, mute/unmute the speakers, manage the volume, manage screen brightness, toggle the WiFi switch, and project to a screen. If you have a PC then it's likely the keyboard you use with it has dedicated keys for most of these functions. The function keys, i.e. the F1-F12 keys simply perform their default functions without you having to hold down a special Fn key on your keyboard. Laptops are a different story and if you're looking to disable the multimedia function for these keys there's a simple setting in your BIOS that should disable it. Alternatively, if the function keys refuse to perform the multimedia actions they are associated with, you need to look at your system's BIOS to sort it out. Read More

How To Upload Images Directly To Instagram From Inside Any App

Before Facebook bought Instagram, the app kept an air of exclusivity about it. It was only available for the iOS platform and remained so for a long time until Facebook's acquisition turned things in a different direction. Since then, Instagram has slowly opened up with a reasonably functional web interface and apps for the Android and Windows phone platform. The app has just received a small update that opens it up further allowing users to post to Instagram from any other app via the share menu. Before, users could export an image to Instagram or save it to their camera roll and access it from the Instagram app but as of version 8.2, that is all history. Read More

How To Embed A YouTube Video With The Volume Muted

A vast majority of videos on Facebook are watched with the volume muted. As you scroll through your timeline, whether it's from your desktop or the smartphone app, videos play automatically but the volume doesn't play unless you tap and open the video. There's no harm in this at all and it keeps you from bothering other people as you watch the fiftieth cat video in your timeline. If you would like to embed a YouTube video with the sound turned off by default then you can use a little script written by Amit Agarwal of Labnol that lets you do just that. The videos auto-play but the sound is muted. Users who visit your website and view the video will have to manually turn the volume up. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Get The Windows 8 Volume Control In Windows 10

Windows 10 more or less fixed all complaints users had with Windows 8 and its UI. The chief problem was of course the lack of the Start button and the very confusing Start Screen. Windows 10 has a pretty nice UI but users are still nostalgic for certain Windows 7 UI elements. If you're pining for the old volume controls that appeared in Windows 7 or Windows 8 when you clicked the speaker icon in the system tray then there's a simple little registry edit you can make to get it back albeit with a slight Modern UI touch. Read More

How To Calculate The PPI Density Of Your Screen

A high PPI means a screen that will display a much sharper image. Many laptop models are sold on the high resolutions they support and both the pixel density and the resolution is a major selling point that laptop manufacturers advertise. Even if it isn't advertised, some manufacturers will mention it in the laptop or monitor's specifications. Assuming you can't find this information on the official manufacturer's website or the manuals that came with your laptop here's an easy way to calculate it with reasonable accuracy. Read More

How To Zoom In Closer On A Photo On Your iPhone

The Photos app on your iPhone lets you zoom in to it by double tapping your screen. If you double tap it again, you're zoomed out and if you pinch to zoom further, the photo snaps back to the zoomed size. It doesn't zoom in further making it so that there is just one scale that you can zoom into on any photo. It's a shame considering how much detail the iPhone's camera, especially the newer models, can capture. There is a curious little bug in iOS though that lets you momentarily zoom into photos past the default zoom level and right down to a pixel. It resets itself each time you return to the photos. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Log Off Your Mac After A Set Period Of Inactivity

All operating systems have a setting that will automatically lock the current user's session if the user has been inactive for too long. User have the option to set how long this period of inactivity should be. Locking your screen is of course different from logging out of your system. A locked screen prevents others from accessing your desktop but logging out of a system will close the session you have open; your browser will be closed, Skype will exit, and so will any and all other apps you might have open. If you're looking to automatically log out your Mac after a set period of inactivity as opposed to it just locking, OS X has a built-in function that lets you do just that. Here's where it is. Read More

Get Food & Restaurant Recommendations Inside Facebook Messenger

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but deciding what to have for lunch can take over thirty minutes. If you're eating with a group of people this can take longer. If you're often unable to decide what or where to eat whether by yourself or with friends, you might want to give Where a try. It's a Facebook Messenger bot that helps you decide what to eat and where to have with by giving you suggestions all inside Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Track Your Flight With A Facebook Messenger Bot

Facebook Messenger bots may sound like a temporary fad and for some they might be little more than a different way to get news but these bots refuse to be pigeon holed into a single function. A Facebook Messenger bot can do just about anything you tell it to do. A while back we reviewed an excellent bot called Jarvis that you could use to set reminders that showed you just how versatile they can be. App in the air is a Facebook Messenger bot that can track a flight, give travelling tips such as the availability of WiFi at a particular airport, and tell you if you some of your carry on items will be confiscated by the TSA. Read More

How To Disable Pocket In Firefox 38 And Above

Firefox has lately been integrating other services in the browser. For a while it was just its own data syncing service and then the Hello feature that was introduced later on but Mozilla isn't content with just developing and integrating its own products. As of Firefox 38 and above, the browser now comes with Pocket integration. Pocket is a read it later type app/servce that lets you save links for reading later. It's a lot like the reading list that you can maintain in Firefox or in Safari except that it's an online service. If you aren't a fan of the service and simply hiding the Pocket button isn't enough for you, here's how you can disable it altogether in Firefox. Read More

How To Save An MS Excel 2016 Graph To A PDF File

PDF is the format to use when you want to publish documents online. PDF is easily one of the most common file types found online and it's used to publish not just documents but also presentations, reports, and catalogs. The thing with a PDF file is that while the format is exceptionally popular the app that lets you create or edit it, Adobe Acrobat, is rarely used. For the most part, others apps like Photoshop are used to compose a PDF file and export to the format. Owing to the format's popularity a lot of apps support exporting to PDF and MS Office is no different. You can easily create a document in MS Word and export it as a PDF file. Likewise you can export an Excel sheet to PDF. If you're looking to export just a single graph or chart and not an entire worksheet to PDF here's how to do just that. Read More

How To Measure Anything With An A4 Paper And Your Android Phone

Before smartphones were a thing it was always a good idea to keep a pen and some paper in your pocket so you could write down something important if needed. Smartphones have pretty much eliminated this need and not just because they come with great note taking apps but because the camera lets us snap a sharp image of any information we need to save. Apps like Google Keep can detect text in an image and turn it into a note for you. TakeMeasure is a free Android app that turns your camera into a measuring tool provided you have an A4 paper available. The app has you place the object you want to measure next to the A4 paper and photograph them together. It then finds the size of the object relative to the A4 paper. Read More

How To Access The Old Windows XP App Switcher In Windows 10

Windows 7 was a very popular version of Windows and people were very reluctant to upgrade to Windows 8 after it. Windows 10 rectified many of the shortcoming in Windows 8 and since its release many people have upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. When you look at it today, people compare the adoption rate of Windows 10 from Windows 7 to see how popular the new Windows version is. That said, Windows XP was a version of Windows that was equally if not more popular than Windows 7. To this day many people still use it and it's extinction is likely going to be credited to apps no longer supporting it rather than people willing to give it up. Chrome has already dropped support for the ancient OS. Windows XP was popular not just because it was exceptionally stable, well built and sturdy, but also because the UI was nice. If you're nostalgic for Windows XP you might be pleased to know that you can access the old app switcher interface in Windows 10. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix Windows 10 Wiping Out All Settings On Login Bug

Windows 10 has become exceptionally more stable and less buggy since November 2015 but that isn't to say it is completely bug free. Many of its perplexing bugs are still there and users who experience them will often have to resign themselves to having an OS that might never work right. One very odd bug that users are experiencing is Windows 10 resetting to its default settings each time a user logs out/shuts down the system and logs back in. To say this is a problem would be an understatement. It leaves Windows 10 in its out of the box state. Files aren't deleted but things like apps pinned to the taskbar are reset so that you end up organizing your system for productivity all over again. There is one fix though that's worth trying out and it rests in the Windows registry. Read More

Save A Temporary History Of Your Incognito Browsing Session In Chrome

Incognito browsing modes allow us to hide web searches that we aren't too proud of. This doesn't just include inappropriate searches but also embarrassing ones like 'my hand is stuck in a jar of jellybeans help'. Incognito mode doesn't save your browsing history and while this is great to keep your online activity hidden from anyone using the same computer it's not so great for when you actually need to look at a link you just visited but can't find. Off The Record History is a Chrome extension that keeps history of your incognito browsing session so long as it is active. You can view a complete list of links you've visited and incognito tabs you've closed from the extension's panel. Once you close the incognito window however, your history is erased from the extension so no one can look at it. Read More

How To Quickly Start & Stop Windows Services Without The Task Manager

Windows and the apps installed on your system run lots of different services in the background. Most of these services are essential to the OS or the app's working and they are best left to do what they are meant for. If however you find you need to monitor, start, and stop a particular service running in Windows frequently you might not want to repeatedly go through the Task Manager to do so. My Windows Service Panel is a free and open source app that lets you select Windows services you want to monitor and stop/start them from a dedicated panel. Read More