How To Export Notes As Plain Text Files In macOS

The Notes app has been a part of macOS for quite a few years. It started out fairly basic but overtime, new, useful features have been added. The Notes app supports lists, sharing, collaboration, and password protected notes. It also has an export feature which isn't the best. The Notes app in macOS lets you export notes to a PDF file but not as individual text files. You can always use the Copy/Paste function to copy notes to a text file but that is quite a bit of work. Exporter is a free macOS app that automates this. It can export all notes in the Notes app as individual text files. It preserves the directory structure so that notes are sorted to folders like they were in the Notes app. Read More

How To Embed The Audio From A YouTube Video

Embedding a YouTube video is pretty easy. The share options at the bottom of a video give you the HTML code you need to embed the video on your website. YouTube has quite a few share options but all of them are for sharing the video. This makes sense given YouTube is after all a video hosting website. That said, a lot of content on YouTube is plain audio. Many videos are all audio with unrelated images to fill in for the 'video' part of it. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't let you share or embed just the audio of a video. You have to include the video as well. If you're willing to look past the official share and embed options provided by YouTube, there's a simple way to embed just the audio of a video. The solution comes from Amit Agarwal in the form of a bit of code you can modify. It relies on the YouTube Javascript API that he has made available on Github. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Customize Assistive Touch In iOS

iOS has long had a feature called 'AssistiveTouch' as part of its Accessibility support. iPhone users who have ever had a defective Home button have often relied on the AssistiveTouch feature to use their device until it could be fixed. Since its inclusion in iOS, AssistiveTouch buttons have been customizable. In iOS 9 and 10, the customization menu is significantly different than it was in older versions. Here's how you can customize the AssistiveTouch buttons in iOS. Read More

How To Get Keyboard Shortcuts For The TwitchTV Player [Firefox]

The TwitchTV player is an HTML5 player with basic media controls. You can play/pause the stream, go full screen, control the volume, enter theater mode, and select playback quality. There's also a neat little feature to capture a particularly impressive moment in a Twitch stream. Despite the Twitch player covering the basics of a reasonable media player, it still lacks one essential thing; keyboard shortcuts. Twitch Video Control is a Firefox add-on that enables keyboard shortcuts for the TwitchTV player. Read More

Get An Alert When A New Windows Insider Build Is Released – IFTTT Recipe

The Windows Insider program releases new builds to two different channel or rings. The Fast ring is the first to get a new build while the Slow ring will often have to wait days, even weeks to get the same build. The new builds, when they're available, are supposed to download automatically. Other than the updates, the only way to know if a new build is available is to visit Microsoft's blog for Windows 10 or follow the right person on Twitter. If neither of these options suit you, you can just use an IFTTT recipe to configure alerts on your phone. We have just the recipe for it and we're going to show you how to make your very own. Read More

How To Unlock The Walking Dead Filter For Snapchat

Snapchat comes with some neat filters that you can apply to your photos. Some are simply color filters while others feature graphics for your current city, the current time, and even the current temperature. They are easily one of the more popular features of the app. The filters are often also a great way to promote things like important events or upcoming TV show premiers which is just what AMC has done. The Walking Dead Season 7 premier is just days away. To get viewers excited, AMC has released a special Snapchat filter just for fans of the show. It needs to be unlocked by taking a photo of a particular zombified ghost icon. Here's how to get it. Read More

How To Turn Off Read Receipts And Typing Alerts For LinkedIn Messages

It seems email is the only way left to read a message without automatically sending a 'read' receipt. Likewise, email seems to be the only way people don't know whether or not you're currently typing a reply to an email they've just sent. LinkedIn, like so many other social networks, has a messaging feature. It has introduced a 'read' receipt and a typing indicator for the messaging service. When you read a message, the sender will know you've read it. If you start typing a reply, the sender will be alerted that you are typing. The good thing is, you can turn it Off. Here's how. Read More

How To Activate Siri With ‘Hey Siri’ On macOS Sierra

Siri was integrated in macOS Sierra but oddly enough, the 'Hey Siri' voice command wasn't added to the desktop. macOS users can access Siri from the menu bar icon, or they can use a keyboard shortcut. The reason 'Hey Siri' support wasn't added isn't quite clear. A Macbook definitely has the battery life for it compared to iPhones. If nothing else, the feature could have been modeled after its implementation on iOS devices i.e. it would work if a Macbook were plugged into a power outlet and not otherwise. Things being the way they are, there isn't official support for the 'Hey Siri'  command. There is however a pretty neat little hack that you can do to get it working anyway. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Customize The Keyboard Shortcut For Siri In macOS Sierra

Siri is one of the most highlighted features introduced in macOS Sierra. It does the usual things you would expect a virtual assistant app to do. Almost every command you can give Siri on your iOS device, you can give it on macOS Sierra as well. The one key difference is that you can't invoke Siri by saying 'Hey Siri'. Instead, you either have to click the Siri button in the Menu bar or you have to hit the keyboard shortcut Command+ Spacebar. If the default shortcut doesn't suit you, or it interferes with an app or script you have installed, you can change it. Here's how. Read More

How To Merge And Separate App Windows In macOS Sierra

A tabbed interface, regardless of which app it is in, makes your work space far less cluttered. It might suit you at times to have the ability to open multiple windows of an app. At other times, it might suit you to be able to merge multiple windows into one. macOS Sierra has introduced system wide tabs for almost all stock apps. You can merge multiple windows into a single window, and you can separate the merged windows. The feature is a little clumsy with no keyboard shortcut to support it but it is nevertheless useful. Here's how it works. Read More

3 Productive Ways To Use Snapchat

Snapchat is an exceptionally popular messaging app. It distinguishes itself from other messaging apps by focusing on photos to send a message. You have the option to send text messages but Snapchat is a photo heavy messaging platform. It encourages you to share the exciting moments of your life, or what you're currently doing, with your friends. You can of course broadcast a collection of photos as a story to everyone and let them know what you're up to. Even if you're not looking for a new messaging app, Snapchat is something you can use productively as well. Here's three ways to use Snapchat productively. Read More

How To Search And Jump To Locations In The Windows 10 Registry

The Windows Registry has not received any major updates in the past few years. There have been two major Windows versions released but no major improvement ever came to the Registry Editor. The reason it gets so little attention is probably because not many people use it. Power users tweak things in the registry often enough but they are in the minority. As of Windows insider build 14942 though, the Windows Registry is getting a search feature. It allows users to paste a path to a location instead of having to manually find it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide The App List From The Start Menu In Windows 10

Microsoft has been playing with the Start menu and the start button in Windows since Windows 8. With Windows 10, it came to a reasonable compromise between the Windows 7 and Windows 8 UI. The Windows 10 Start Menu was popular with users until the Anniversary Update. The Anniversary Update revamped it so that an omnipresent list of all apps installed on your system appears in the Start Menu. Users did not like this change and have been looking for a way to remove it. They've also been providing feedback to Microsoft to the same effect. The Windows 10 Insider Build 14942 finally has a way to hide the apps list. Read More

How To Enable Picture In Picture In macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra has a pretty neat new feature called Picture in Picture. It works with videos you are viewing in Safari and allows you to pop the video out of the Safari window. You can position it in any corner of the screen and watch the video while you work on something else. The feature, in theory, should work on just about any video streaming website. It works on YouTube and any other website with an HTML5 player. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Find Which App Is Dragging Down Your Internet Speed In Windows

There is something about slow internet that brings out the worst in everyone. A slow connection is always a source of frustration. When you can't attribute slow internet to too many people using the connection, poor service, or that massive download you have in progress, it become all the more problematic. A slow internet connection with no real reason behind the slow speed is a far bigger problem. Fortunately, there is a very easy way to find out what is dragging your internet down through the Task Manager. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Off Integrated Calling For Skype Calls In iOS 10

Callkit is a major update in iOS 10. The feature is big for app developers behind major messaging apps. It allows calls from apps like Whatsapp, Viber, and Skype to appear on your lock screen and home screen as though they are regular network calls. Up until iOS 9, alerts for calls from these messaging apps were little more than a notification. With iOS 10, developers are actively integrating Callkit into their apps. The recent Skype update has brought this very same feature to the app. When you get a call on Skype, it appears as though it were a regular call. If you aren't a fan of integrated calling for the Skype app, the app lets you turn it Off. Here's how. Read More

How To Share Health App Activity Via Stickers In The Messages App In iOS 10

The Messages app in iOs 10 now has its own ecosystem of apps. For the most part, the apps released for the Messages app have been stickers. Some are free but most are not. The artwork of the stickers are what make a sticker app worth buying. Of course, not all sticker apps are the same. Meet Health Stickers, a sticker app for the Messages app in iOS 10 that connects with the Health app and lets you share your activity in the form of stickers. The app regularly fetches current data from the Health app. You can send an iMessage contact your blood group, number of flights of stairs you have climbed, calories burned, steps walked, and more. Read More

How To Send Secret, Self-Destructing Messages In Facebook Messenger

Facebook announced it was testing encrypted self-destructing messages for its Messenger platform. The feature has begun to roll out to users. It's called 'Secret' messages and requires both the sender and recipient to have an updated Messenger app to send and receive them. The interface is more or less the same as that of regular messages and you have access to emoji, stickers, and photos on your device. What differs slightly is how the message is sent. Here's how to send secret messages in Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Change The Country In The Windows Store App

The Windows Store features both free and paid apps. When you download free apps, it doesn't really matter which country's store you are accessing. With paid apps, it is different. In order to purchase a paid app, you have to enter a payment method. This involves entering you billing address which includes your country. The country has to match that of your credit or debit card, or any other payment instrument. Unfortunately, the Windows Store app doesn't let you change the country. It is pre-selected for you with no option to change it. That doesn't mean it's impossible to change the country. To do so, you need to edit your region settings in the Control Panel. Here's how. Read More

How To Get An Alert When An App Accesses The Webcam Or Mic In macOS

Malicious websites and apps can gain access to your webcam and microphone. A lot of people might consider this to be an urban legend but there is truth to it. Unfortunately, a website or an app that does this isn't going to be easy to detect by the average user. Tech savvy users might be able to tell if their webcam or mic is being accessed but for the ordinary user, and Mark Zuckerberg, you likely have to tape a bit of paper over your webcam to be safe. Oversight is a free macOS app that makes this much easier. It monitors all connected webcams and microphones and alerts you when they are accessed. It's a very simple app that monitors current processes and can identify which app started a process to access these two devices. Read More