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

Enable A Native Mute Button For Chrome Tabs

A few months back, a Chrome update added a speaker icon that would appear on all tabs that were playing audio. The new addition is great since a lot of sites run ads that are in fact videos, with sound. The ads are sometimes hidden very well at the bottom of the page and you would end up searching forever without that helpful indicator to guide you. It makes life pretty easy but it's more than just a useful badge added to your tab; it actually has a function, albeit an experimental one. The speaker icon can work as a mute button if you enable a flag on Chrome. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable Login Screen In Windows 10

Your Windows PC, if you're running Windows 8 or Windows 10, is tied to your Live account. When you login to your system you have to enter the same password that could open your Hotmail/outlook email account, log you into Skype, and even buy apps from the Windows App Store. Unfortunately, that's also the only thing preventing access to your PC. If you aren't too bothered about securing your computer with a password, and are just plain annoyed with having to login in repeatedly, there is a simple way to disable it so that you can just dive right in and start using your PC. Here's how. Read More

Check Username Availability On Any Social Network

I've seen some of the most creative usernames on Reddit, a site that is principally meant to be used anonymously, unless you're already a celebrity and doing an AMA. Creating a username on Reddit isn't too hard and you can play around with just about anything until you get something that is available. The same can't be said for other social networks where if you decide to use a crazy name, people are more likely to be wary of you then to appreciate it. Words like pizza, apple sauce, and banana can't exactly be used to make new friends. Usernames are turning into a sort of depleting resource and you often have to sit through several sign up attempts or struggle for up to thirty minutes until you find a username that is available when you sign up to one of the more popular services. Meet NameChk, a simple web app that lets you check username availability on dozens of social networks from one place. Read More

How To Save A Map Offline In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a brand new Maps app and as you may have guessed it, it's powered by Bing maps. The new app and the addition of this feature is great considering that it's going to run on tablets and Bing maps isn't that bad, right? It doesn't cover as many places in as much detail as Google Maps does but if you live in Europe, Canada, USA, the Middle East, Australia, or the parts of Asia that are big on tourism, you will find the app is adequate enough. It has a really great feature that lets you save maps offline so that you can access them even if you aren't connected to the internet. This isn't some pitiful little feature that will let you save a small section of a map. Instead, you can download an entire country's map and pursue it whenever you want. Here's how. Read More

Get Custom Templates To Appear On The Start Screen In MS Office 2013

Microsoft provides a fairly large library of templates that users can download for free, for each of its productivity apps. Office also comes packed with a few templates and themes, and if you're looking for something exceptionally original, you can create your own templates or download, even buy them, online. In Office 2013, Microsoft added a start screen that shows popular templates or custom templates each time you launched the app. It makes  it easier to open templates instead of a blank presentation. There is just one little catch; if you download say a PowerPoint template, it doesn't show up on the start screen. Instead you have to browse to where it's downloaded every time you want to open it. This pretty much defeats the purpose of the start screen. The work around is pretty simple though so here's how you can get any template you've downloaded for an Office app to show up on its start screen. This works for templates for all Office 2013 apps. Read More

How To Remove/Disable Web Search From Windows 10

Microsoft has been improving Bing search for quite a while. I almost sometimes consider giving it a second try. Likewise, it's been improving Internet Explorer to match the performance of other more popular browsers. Windows 10 will come with a nice new version of Internet Explorer and for those familiar with the new Search feature, Bing will be the one and only search provider that you can use to search the web from the Search bar. The Search bar in Windows 10 combines local search and web search. Where it's annoying enough that you can't use something other than Bing, it's also annoying that you can't easily opt out of web search and web results and have it run local search only. We say there is no easy way to opt out of it so that means there is a way to opt out. Here's how. Read More