How To Turn On And Manage The Mobile Hotspot In Windows 10

Windows 10 is going to be adding a whole host of very impressive new features come the anniversary update. With each successive preview build that Microsoft seeds to testers and developers we learn more about the upcoming changes that will be made. The Settings app has been improved exponentially and many new settings that have been added to it making it clear that more and more settings from the Control Panel will now be managed here instead. As of build 14332, you can now turn your Windows 10 system into a mobile hotspot without needing the NETSH command-line utility to set it up. The process is now as simple as toggling a switch. Here's how to turn on the mobile hotspot in Windows 10 and manage it. Read More

Use One-Handed Keyboards To Type Better With Your Left Hand

People with a dominant left hand often find themselves at a disadvantage almost everywhere they go. Even tech favors those who have a dominant right hand over those who are left-handed. Laptops are seldom built for someone who is left handed and even phones aren't built to cater to left-handed users. With phones, particularly those with larger screens, navigating with just one hand is often impossible however, if you do manage to use a large phone with just one hand, it's likely that one hand is your right one. If you are left-handed and the default keyboard makes it hard for you to type with your dominant hand, consider using a 'one-handed' keyboard instead. Read More

Send Stickers And Gifs In Facebook Messenger With A Text Command [Chrome]

Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs and stickers for a long time now. The support spans all platforms that Messenger is available for. On both smartphones and the web app, you can search for and insert both stickers and GIFs into a conversation. Smartphones have the added advantage of being able to use third-party keyboards that are built specifically for inserting GIFs. xaoke is a Chrome extension that lets you send a GIF or a sticker via a text command inside Messenger. The GIFs are sent via Giphy. Read More

How To Schedule An Uber Ride Days In Advance [iOS]

Uber is the taxi service that has rivaled traditional cab services in some of the biggest cities in the world. It's slowly expanding to other countries and impacting how we catch a cab. Rides are booked via the Uber app and it tells you how many drivers are nearby to pick you up as well as how long it will take for them to get to your current location. Depending on your location, the wait might be as small as five minutes or it might be longer. What the Uber app lacks is an advance booking functionality. You can get a ride now, but you can't set one up so that it's there at a certain time on the weekend. TaxiLater is a free iOS app that fills in this gap. It lets you schedule an Uber ride days in advance. All payments are handled by Uber and if you're likely to incur a 'surging' price, TaxiLater will ask you if you want to go ahead with the ride before you're charged. Read More

Prevent Windows From Going To Sleep When Chrome Is Downloading Files

Web browsers are the default apps used to download files. Not all large files can be downloaded via a torrent client or a download manager and users are forced to rely on the very basic download manager that comes bundled with a web browser. Chrome's own download manager is pretty basic with absolutely no extraordinary features to speak of. If you're using Chrome to download a significantly large file which will require hours to complete you might want to keep your system from going to sleep so long as the download is in progress. Once the download does finish however, the system should be allowed to sleep but Chrome has no simple way to set this all up. To keep your OS from going to sleep while a download is in progress, you need two different extensions to do the trick; Download Shutdown and Sleepless in System. Read More

How To Always Run PowerShell As Administrator In Windows 10

PowerShell is a default component in Windows 10. Not only does it come packaged with the operating system but you can also replace Command Prompt on the Power User menu with PowerShell. Like it is with Command Prompt, you can run PowerShell as an ordinary user or as a user with administrator rights though there are few occasions when you need to use either of these tools without admin privileges. If you prefer PowerShell over Command Prompt and want a quicker way to open it with admin rights, you can modify its taskbar shortcut to always run as an Administrator. Read More

How To Delay Sending Emails In Outlook With A Rule So You Can Undo Send

Gmail has a built-in feature that lets you 'undo' an email that you've sent. It's there to help you avoid last minute email accidents such as forgetting to attach a file. It gives you a brief window in which you can stop a sent message from being delivered. It's widely reported that this feature has saved lives. If you use MS Outlook and would like a similar feature on the desktop app, you can set it up yourself with an Outlook rule. Here's how. Read More

Copy Users From A Public Twitter List To Your Own List

You can group Twitter users into lists so that it's easier to manage and keep up with updates from one specific group. If you follow a large number of people on Twitter and the contents of their tweets vary in subject then a list will help you keep up with news in a much more organized manner. A Twitter user can make a list and set it to be either public or private. A public list is one that anyone else can subscribe to. This lets users forgo the time needed to compile their own list and they can instead just use the one others have made. Twitter List Copy is a free web app that lets you copy users from any public Twitter list to your own Twitter list. Read More

How To Remove Color From The Title Bar In Windows 10

In 2015, months before Windows 10 was released many users were running the preview versions of the OS that Microsoft had made available to anyone and everyone interested in testing them out. The initial reviews were good but users still noted some things in the UI that they didn't like. One noteworthy complaint was that the title bars of all desktop apps were white. All windows had a very thin colored line around the border but that was about it. Users quickly set about to hacking their way to a colored title bar and Microsoft eventually enabled them again through a later update. We assume most users are happy now that they have their colored title bars back but if you liked those plain white title bars in Windows 10, here's how you can get them back. Read More

How To Run Linux Apps From Bash On Windows 10 [Guide]

Ubuntu is coming to Windows 10. The Windows 10 Preview build 14316 lets you try it out. Ubuntu and Bash coming to Windows 10 is a big deal for developers simply because it means development will be considerably easier. The feature is still available only on the preview builds and we're testing the waters to see what it can do. The one question that does arise is can you run a Linux app on Windows 10 now that it has Bash and Ubuntu? The answer is yes and here's a complete guide on how to do just that. Read More

Enable The Document Outline Pane In Google Docs For Faster Navigation

Google Docs is slowly and steadily catching up in terms of features to offline desktop word processing apps like MS Word. It supports a lot of the basic document editing features that MS Word has and as of a recent update, a new navigation pane has been added to it. The pane relies on your document's outline elements i.e., headings, to help you find and navigate to a particular section. Here's where it's hiding. Read More

How To Reduce White Color Intensity On Your iPhone

iOS 9.3 added Night Shift, a new feature that lets you tint your screen a sepia color so that you can sleep better. The feature as it turns out is a major battery drain and as of this writing, you cannot enable both Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the same time unless you use a hack to do so. That means you've got to make a trade-off between better sleep or a phone that will drain your battery a bit more than it usually does. If you're looking for an alternative method you can try reducing white color intensity on your phone. Doing so will make the white color on your phone appear significantly less bright. It's a feature that's existed since iOS 7.1 so you can do this on an iPhone 4, and an iPhone 6S and all other devices in between. Read More

View Concert And Stadium Seats In VR Before You Buy Tickets [iOS]

Attending a live event, whether it's a hockey game or a concert, is about the experience of actually being there. In most cases the view you get watching something at home is always going to be better than the view you get from a fixed seat in the stands. That said, there is little that beats attending a live event such as a baseball game and some seats give you a better view than others. Rukkus Tickets is a service that sells tickets to sporting events and concerts. The service has an iOS app  that lets you check purchase tickets and as of a recent update, you can use the app to check out the view from your selected seats in VR. The app lets you 'try out' the seats in VR before you buy them. You will need either Google Cardboard or a similar VR headset. Read More

Block TV Show, Movie, And Sports Spoilers On Facebook & Twitter [Chrome]

This post contains no spoilers. If you're a Game of Thrones fan you might have been walking on egg shells browsing the internet yesterday because you had yet to see the first episode of season 6 that would answer one major cliff hanger. In no less than 24 hours, the internet was quickly posting about the episode. Many people were careful to preempt a post with a spoiler tag, but now that 48 hours have passed since the episode aired, all bets are off. Game of Thrones is not the only show you'll ever watch, or want to avoid spoilers for and it's a fact that the internet will spoil TV shows, sporting events, and movie endings just because it can. It's also fact that you can't avoid the internet forever or until you can catch up on your yet-to-watch list. Spoiler Shield is a Chrome extension that helps you tread social media without having to worry about spoilers. It lets you choose what spoilers you're trying to avoid and then blocks them. Read More

How To Cast A Video Or Image From Google Drive And Dropbox

Chromecast is natively supported on Android and you can cast just about anything, even your entire screen to a TV. If your device is running a much older version of Android that lacks native Chromecast support or you're using an iPhone, your casting options are limited to those apps that support the Chromecast. This is a problem because despite the device being incredibly useful and affordable, support for it is still lacking. Often developers pigeon hole the purpose their apps will be used for and don't take into account the fact that a user will always try and get more out of. Take for example Google Drive and Dropbox; both are incredibly popular apps with a myriad of uses and they do not support Chromecast. If you're looking to cast anything from either of these two apps you need an intermediary app called LocalCast. Read More

Use The Shift Key To Cycle Backwards Through Open Apps & Browser Tabs

Windows makes switching between open apps really simple; every app that you have open can be selected and switched to by clicking on its icon in the taskbar, or if you're prefer using just the keyboard to navigate your desktop you can use the Windows+Tab or Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to cycle through the open apps. It's pretty simple and one of the most commonly known keyboard shortcuts that make multitasking in Windows easy. This shortcut cycles through open apps in one direction and if you accidentally miss the app you intended to switch to, you likely cycle through all of them all over again to land on the right one. Here's how you can modify the shortcut with one key and cycle backwards to the previous app. Read More

How To Edit The Geotag Of A Photo On Your iPhone

The photos you take on an iPhone don't just have image data but also a wealth of EXIF data saved. If you were to look at this data you could find when the photo was taken, the device used to take it i.e. which phone, the focal length, exposure, and the location a photo was taken in, among other things. The location is saved in the form of your longitude and latitude coordinates that you can use to pin-point where a photo was taken using Google Maps, Apple Maps, or any other mapping service. While the iPhone camera can save this information with ease, it doesn't let you view it or edit it on your device. If you want to edit the location a photo was taken in, you will need an app called Mappr. Read More

How To Search The Text In Multiple PDF Files Without Opening Them

PDF files are the standard format used to publish documents online. You'll find documents like annual reports, user manuals, research papers, academic studies, and even forms are distributed in in this format. If you often find yourself with a large number of PDF files and can't remember which one had a specific topic then you likely have to open each one and use the 'find in' function to look for it. If the files are one too many to browse, you will need a faster way to do it preferably one that doesn't require opening every single file. The solution lies with Foxit Reader. It's an incredibly popular PDF reader that lets you select a folder and scan every single PDF file inside it for a particular word or phrase. What's even better is that it supports nested folder search. Read More

Auto-Hide The Firefox Bookmarks Bar Like The Taskbar In Windows

Bookmarks are an awesome feature for saving useful links but the bookmarks bar in any browser is almost always an unsightly mess. It doesn't have as much to do with the UI of a browser as it does with the bookmarks saved to it. They're usually a series of truncated page titles and poorly loaded or poorly saved favicons. You can hide the bookmarks bar on practically every browser there is, but that only works if you use it rarely. If you access bookmarks frequently, having the bar they reside on stay hidden is not a convenient option. For Firefox users who like a clean browser interface but often need to open a bookmark, BookmarksDropDown is an add-on that lets you keep the bookmarks bar hidden and have show it only when you move your cursor to the top of the current page. Think of how the taskbar in Windows behaves when you set it to auto-hide; the bookmarks bar works exactly like that with this add-on installed. Read More

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More