View EXIF Data From Inside The Photos App On Your iPhone

Extensions and widgets on iOS 8 have not been getting the attention they deserve. They are a whole new way to interact with apps without having to go through the home screen pages and they're flexible. Apple's opened up more of its exclusive and reserved areas to developers and told them to go crazy. A while back we reviewed View Source an app-cum-extension that lets you view the source of any web page in Safari. Another similar app/extension is ViewExif that lets you view EXIF data for a photo from the Photos app. Although it's a paid app, it is free for a limited time. Read More

How To Set Up Parental Controls On The YouTube Kids App

YouTube Kids has just been released and its purpose is to help parents control what kids watch on YouTube. The content filters come built-in meaning YouTube decides (based on video rating and content) what types of videos are appropriate for young viewers. What it leaves in the hands of the parent is how long a child may use the app, and whether a child can freely search for videos. The settings are secured behind a PIN that will fool kids so long as they can't read numbers. Here's how the parental controls work in the new app. Read More

Stop GIFs From Playing Until They’ve Fully Loaded [Chrome]

The internet has a love-hate relationship with GIFs; we can't wait for them to load and the longer they take, or the more they lag when playing the angrier we get. On the other hand, one good GIF can say what a thousand well-thought out comments cannot. It's safe to say that Imgur is the only one that understands our needs for great GIFs but even with its new GIFV format, users still experience that dreadful load delay and the choppy playback that is a result of a file still loading. Gif Delayer is a Chrome extension that stops a GIF image from showing until it is fully loaded. Meant specifically for users who are not willing to wait a few seconds for it to finish loading, the extension doesn't speed up the loading time but makes for a less frustrating experience. Read More

Search For Stickers In The Facebook Messenger App

Facebook Messenger doesn't just try and capitalize on Facebook being a popular chat platform, it also tries to set itself apart from other services in the instant messaging niche. The stickers for one are really nice and the sticker library itself is pretty huge. It's almost like having a nice GIF keyboard. Given the rather large library and the fact that the galleries aren't exactly based on a single theme, or emotion, it's hard to find the right one when you need to. Here's how you can make it easier to quickly locate the right sticker during a conversation. Read More

Monitor Your iPhone’s Network And Data Usage From Notification Center

I find it odd that Android got rid of lock screen widgets the same time that iOS added widgets. I miss widgets on the lock screen on Android but I'm also surprised that they haven't taken off on iOS the way I thought they would. The bigger more popular apps like Dropbox and LinkedIn have of course added widgets but there are plenty of apps that haven't updated to add a widget for the Notification Center. It's prime space and if you're often concerned with how much data you might be using, need to check your local or public IP, CPU usage, Memory Usage, and how much data you've used on your Wi-FI plan and Carrier plan, the Notification Center is a pretty convenient place to keep a check on it all. Here are some iOS apps that support widgets to for network and data monitoring. The apps themselves have more to offer but we're concerning ourselves with what they let you do from their respective widget. Read More

Search Bookmarks From The Chrome URL Bar Without An Extension

Chrome's URL bar, or rather the OmniBar as it's called is more than just a search bar or a simple URL bar. When you type anything in the URL bar it searches your history as well as your bookmarks. That's why it's the Omnibar. That said, if you want to exclusively search your bookmarks you have to go to the bookmarks manager or go through the folders on the bookmarks bar. An alternative is to perhaps use an extension that will let you search bookmarks or, you can add bookmarks as a search engine in Chrome and get it done without needing an extension. Here's how. Read More

Take Photos And Backup Them To Three Different Services Automatically

IFTTT is an exceptionally ingenious service that lets you connect web services with each other. It's a simple concept that lets you create recipes for connecting services using their open APIs without you needing to know how to work with an API. The service has mobile apps for both iOS and Android but it's just launched a new app that targets something we use our phones for quite often; photography. The new app is called Do Camera and for each photo you take, you can have the app back-up the photos or upload them to any three services of your choice. The question here might be which services does it support and the short answer is; lots. Just about any service that has an open API can be used to create custom recipes. Read More

What Can I Do About The App Could Not Be Downloaded Error (495) [Android]

Android is a great smartphone platform; it's rugged and built to be pushed to the limits. It's also prone to the oddest errors. Even if you've got a completely basic device that hasn't been rooted or customized in any way, you will still experience some of these problems. A common error many users might experience is the Cannot Connect To Camera error. Another slightly less common but exceptionally frustrating problem is Error (495) which prevents you from downloading apps from the Google Play Store. The error might have a simple fix, or it might be something far more complicated but here are two things you can try to resolve it. Read More

Add Lost & Found Information To Your Phone’s Lock Screen [Android]

Losing your phone isn't fun. We take a lot of precautions when it comes to making sure our device isn't stolen. We set up passwords and enable back-doors that will help us trace where our phone is, and if comes down to it we engage the all ending kill-switch. That's all meant to deal with situations where the person in possession of our phone isn't going to try and return it to us any time soon. But what if you've forgotten your phone some place and a kind human being has found it. Locked out by your very strict security measures, it's going to be hard for anyone to trace who a phone belongs to. iOS users, or rather people who find a lost iOS device can simply ask Siri who a phone belongs to to find the owner but Android doesn't have something similar. Hi Locker is a free Android app that is essentially a really beautiful launcher with one feature that sets it apart; it lets you add a custom status to your lock screen. Read More

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader To Remember Your Place When Reading PDFs

PDF files are some of the most common files found online and Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of the more popular programs used to read these files. It's also used to read some of the e-book formats that it supports. The popularity of the format is no surprise since it was created to make rendering and reading documents online easy. Acrobat Reader has the name advantage going for it. If you use Acrobat Reader to view PDF files, long ones at that, then you might find it far more useful if the program could actually remember your place. It's not like you have a physical book in your hand and you can turn the corner of the page to mark your spot. Here's how to get Acrobat Reader to remember where you were last reading. Read More

Hide Seldom Used Capture Modes From The iOS Camera App [Jailbreak]

The iOS Camera app is hard to beat for a lot of reasons but if you had to pin it down to one thing it might be that you can't find a free alternative that does everything the Camera app does but better. That said, as of iOS 8 the Camera app has evolved to include a slo-mo mode, and a time-lapse mode in addition to the existing panorama, square, photo, and video modes. It's overwhelming and in all fairness it's trying to compete with a lot of other more popular apps that take better time-lapse and slow-motion videos. If you don't use some of these modes you can hide them from the Camera app with a Cydia tweak called CameraModes which is available for free in the BigBoss repository. Read More

SHINE For Reddit Is A Skin That Focuses Solely On The Content [Chrome]

Reddit doesn't go through a lot of design changes. In fact, ever since I started browsing it, it hasn't made a single noticeable change to its interface. To some Reddit's interface isn't bad. It's pretty basic and text based which means pages will load faster. That said, it's not the prettiest thing to look at and even if you were to keep things completely text based, you can have something that is far more appealing. Just look at how the folks at ProductHunt do it. SHINE For Reddit is a Chrome extension that acts as a skin for Reddit. Each time you launch the site, it modifies the interface to give you a flat clean interface that makes it easier to distinguish posts. The interface uses icons to indicate the submission type and will let you open links in a panel on the same page, among other things. It supports list and grid layout and will also let you add sub-reddits that you want to follow without needing an account. Read More

Add Genre, Composer, Or Compilation Tabs To The iOS Music App

The albums tab on the Music app on my iPhone is useless for me. I don't remember album names. I mostly jump between the songs list and the artists' list to find a song to play. What would make it easier for me to select songs is if I can jump straight to the Genre list and listen to the kind of music I'm in the mood for. It isn't impossible to do; just tap the more button at the bottom right of the Music app and select Genre. If like me, you find Genre, (or Composer, or Compilation) are tabs that would be far more useful to you on the app's main screen instead of hidden away behind the More button, here's how you can sweep one of those tabs with the default ones. Read More

Stop Shortcuts Being Added To Your Home Screen When You Install An App

On Android, the app drawer is where all apps go and the home screen is reserved for your frequently used apps. There's no limit to how many pages you can have on your home screen or even how many app shortcuts you can add to it. If you wanted you could have every single app appear on your home screen. Likewise, if you wanted you could have only your favorite apps on the home screen and keep the number of pages limited and your device well organized. Whenever you install a new app, Google Play store automatically adds a shortcut for the app to your home screen. You can remove it later if you don't want it there but if you rarely add new apps to your home screen, it's probably more convenient to not have them all added automatically after an install. Here's how you can disable shortcuts being added automatically. Read More

How To Name App Groups In Windows 10 Start Menu

App tiles were a great addition in Windows 8, they were live and always updating with the latest news or notifications. In Windows 8 you could easily group several tiles together for a cleaner more organized Start screen. Good times. Windows 10 has a fresh take on the Start menu but it retains many of the Start Screen features such as grouping and resizing the live tiles. The new addition in Windows 10's Start Menu is that you can name your app groups. The group title bar serves as a great way to drag and rearrange an entire set of apps. Read More

Copy Text Faster By Selecting A Collapsed Heading In MS Office 2013

A few days ago we covered a little tip on how to get text to collapse and expand on click in MS Word 2013. The trick to it is pretty simple and I originally thought it was useful when viewing a really long document. That isn't something small in terms of convenience especially if you've got a long document with lots and lots of sections in it but it turns out that a collapsed heading is really useful in another common scenario; copying and pasting text. Here's why. Read More

Customize Quick Action Buttons In Windows 10 Notification Center

Windows 10 Notifications Center consolidates notifications from apps and presents a single place where you can interact with them. It also has a really useful Quick Actions section at the bottom with four main actions; tablet mode, display, connect, and All Settings. If you click the Expand option, you can get quick access to four more actions; airplane mode, VPN, location, and WiFi. All good if those are the four you want to have fast access to and you are satisfied with keeping the other four as secondary options. But if you want to customize the order of the quick actions buttons, it's easily done. Here's how. Read More

Customize, And Show/Hide Icons From The System Tray In Windows 10

Windows 10 is a huge improvement on Windows 8/8.1 but that doesn't mean there won't be any growing pains as you get used to this new operating system. Quite a few things have been moved around, some things are where they used to be in Windows 7 but it's just harder to find them. The system tray for example used to have a customize option that opened the relevant Control Panel setting screen that would allow you to select whether an icon should appear in the tray and in which cases it should be visible. That useful little customize option is no longer there. Here's how you can select which icons appear in the system tray in Windows 10. Read More

Get Text To Expand/Collapse On Click In MS Word 2013

A good four years ago we wrote about hiding text in MS Word 2010 and the brief discussion on the post put forward a new question; users wanted to insert expandable/collapsible text in the word processor. Back in the 2010 version there was no easy way to accomplish this and for something that should be relatively simple, you would have had to resort to using Macros. In the end, they may not have done the trick in a very refined way. Such was the hasstle of it that we never found a viable and simple solution to it. Fortunately in Office 2013, the feature has been added and is very easy to use, if you know where to look for it. In this post, we're going to show you how to get text to expand/collapse and how to make it look a little refined as well. Read More

Set iPhone Screen Brightness Far Lower Than What Apple Allows [No Jailbreak]

Have you ever picked up your phone in the middle of the night to check the time or  if see you have a new message/email, only to be blinded by the screen's brightness? It happens to the best of us. The pain aside, the light from your display might even wake someone you're sharing a bed with while you're busy bringing up the control center to reduce the brightness. There's a simple little way to reduce the screen's brightness to one far lower than what you can set from the brightness slider in Control Center and Settings. It's actually built right into iOS and takes a little setting. Here's how you can enable it and activate it with a little shortcut. Read More