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

local-cast-cloud
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

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

fb-messenger-bot-banner
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

How To Send Dropbox Files From Facebook Messenger

messenger-ope-dropbox
Dropbox can sync your files to multiple desktops, tablets, and of course your smartphone. The Dropbox app for both iOS and Android is pretty awesome; you can view some of the more common file types in it, upload files, create folders, and manage your files. As of a recent update, the Dropbox app has made file sharing even easier by integrating itself with the Facebook Messenger app. Where normally you would find options for stickers, emojis, and GIFs to send over Messenger, you will now also find Drobox listed as an option to send files. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Use The Text Formatting Features In Whatsapp

whatsapp-format-text
Whatsapp has been in the news as of late for adding end-to-end encryption to both text based and voice based messages. It also quietly added another feature at the end of last month; text formatting. Text formatting means you can now make text appear bold, italicized, and struck through in your conversations. The feature doesn't come in the form of dedicated buttons that will let you select text and apply the formatting style. Instead you have to use the correct syntax around the text you want to apply the formatting to. Here's how. Read More

Cast Your YouTube, Twitter, And Reddit Feed To Chromecast [Android]

Scarlett for Chromecast-cast
A while back we reviewed an Android app called Trending Videos Cast that searched for trending videos on YouTube and other popular media channels. It then cast those videos to your Chromecast saving you the trouble of finding and queuing them yourself. The app, as we noted in our review, left much to be desired for but was nevertheless a pretty good concept. Scarlett for Chromecast is a free Android app that addresses many of the areas where Trending Videos Cast was lacking. Apart from the much more sleek and clean interface, the app can connect with your YouTube and Twitter accounts and display the feed from each one. It can also cast videos popular on Reddit and comes with a nice dashboard for when the app is idle. Read More

Ace Your Driving Test With Mock DMV Tests For Your State [Andriod]

DMV Genie
Learning to drive is a small milestone in anyone's life and passing a driving test is something of an obstacle. Besides the practical part there is the very important written test that you have to pass. The test determines whether or not you know the rules of the road and you have to get more than half the questions right in order to pass. Failing to pass this test means you aren't getting your license and it can be daunting to prepare for the test simply because of this. DMV Genie is a free Android app that aims to help you prepare for the written test administered at DMVs in the United States. It's equipped to take into account the varying rules in different states and the kind of license you are applying for. Read More

How To Add Alt Text To An Image On Twitter

twitter-alt-text-image
A large volume of media is shared on Twitter daily. It may not come close to rivaling Facebook in terms of images shared but images are nevertheless a very popular way of sharing content. Twitter expanded its image sharing capabilities by allowing users to share up to four images at once and even letting them search for and add GIFs to a tweet from inside the mobile apps. The latest improvement made for image sharing on the platform is the ability to add alt text to an image when it's tweeted. The feature is meant to help users with visual impairments make sense of images they come across in their timelines. Of course, people have to add an ALT text to an image in order for anyone with an impairment to take advantage of it. Here's how you can enable and use the feature. Read More

Test Your Flight Safety Knowledge & Learn To Survive An Air Disaster

Prepare for Impact-nav
Flight safety training is crucial for everyone on a plane but many of us barely listen to the safety instructions given at the start of each flight. Passively listening to the instructions means we retain very little of them and if disaster were to strike, chaos would more likely break out than order given how many people are usually on a plane. Prepare for Impact is an excellent iOS and Android app that quizzes you on the very basics of air safety and lets you go through air disaster simulations to test if you know what to do in them. It tests literally everything that you are told by air crew before you take off. The quiz is optional and you can opt to play the many disaster simulations instead. In the simulations, you must respond to the emergency at hand and evacuate the plane without dying. Read More

Add A Trending Videos Channel To The Chromecast [Android]

Trending Videos Cast-play
You can subscribe to channels like HBO Go or broadcast your favorite shows from Netflix to Chromecast. Oddly enough, the YouTube app that has excellent support for Chromecast has no feature that would allow you to view all trending videos and all recently uploaded videos by channels you've subscribed to on your TV. You pretty much have to manually create playlist of the videos you want to watch and there appears to be no concept of a personal channel. Trending Videos Cast is a free Android app that will automatically find trending videos, and videos from r/videos, and broadcast them to your TV. Read More

New Features In Firefox 45 For Desktop And Android

ff-45-banner
Firefox 45 is has been released to the stable channel with functional and UI changes for end users. The Hello  feature which has yet to graduate from its Beta version now lets you share a tab to initiate a conversation. The Android version of Firefox has also received an update. Firefox for Android now has a 'tap to load' option for loading images at the user's discretion. The option makes loading a page easier on a data plan. A more important feature has been added for tablets that allows a user to restrict access to the mic and camera in a restricted Android profile. Lastly, when users select and share text from a web page, the URL is no longer included. Firefox for iOS also received an update three days ago. The new version comes with support for third-party keyboards. Read More

Browse Media Files On Your Network From Your Android Phone & Cast Them To Chromecast

vlc-beta-localnetwork
If you have a Chromecast, you very likely have Plex, or a similar app installed on both your desktop and your Android phone. Plex is hands down the best app for streaming media to the Chromecast. It's mobile apps act as excellent remotes for playing media but if you're looking for a super simple, zero set-up solution for browsing media files on any device on your network and playing them over Chromecast, Plex isn't what you're looking for. The solution lies with VLC player and the Beta version of its Android app. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Turn On/Off Best Tweets From Appearing First On Twitter

twitter-timeline-personalization
Twitter isn't useful unless you follow at least fifty very active accounts that interest you. The problem is, the more accounts you follow, the more likely you are to miss tweets by them. Your feed can quickly get cluttered to the point that you're struggling to keep up with information that is being shared. The 'While you were away' tweets that Twitter introduced back in January 2015 help you see what some accounts tweeted out while you were inactive but last month, Twitter introduced a new feature called 'Best Tweets' that will show you the most popular tweets from everyone you follow at the top of your feed. Here's how to turn it On/Off. Read More

What Does The Lightning Icon On A Facebook Post Mean?

fb-instant
Many of us routinely read on our phones and Facebook is one of the more popular places where people get their daily dose of news and opinion pieces. The platform is so popular that it isn't possible for an online publication to exist and not have a Facebook page. If you read on your phone, and frequently find articles to read in your Facebook feed, you might have noticed that some articles have a small lightning icon on them. The first thing that comes to mind here is that perhaps the post is tending but that isn't what the icon means. The icon represents posts that are Instant Articles. Read More

How To Cast & Queue Reddit Posts To Chromecast From Your Android Phone

Cast for Reddit-video
Reddit has become so big that people are no longer ashamed to admit they visit the site or that they get a majority of their daily news dose from it. People still do not disclose their usernames that easily but there is no shame in using the site. If you use Reddit and are particularly fond of the images and videos shared to it, Cast for Reddit is a free Android app that you might like if you have a Chromecast. The app lets you send any image or video from Reddit to your TV. You can use the app to browse the top content on Reddit and tap anything to send it to the Chromecast. Read More

How To Search For And Add GIFs In The Twitter Mobile App

twitter-gif-tweet
Twitter has long supported the ability to play GIFs. You can tweet a GIF image and it will play in the timeline on both the desktop and the mobile apps. Likewise, you can link to a GIF and it will play. Unlike Facebook, Twitter has been very accommodating of this particular image format and it's been likewise used on it excessively. As of a recent update to Twitter, you can now search for and tweet GIFs from inside the mobile apps. Here's how. Read More

Route Audio From Your PC To An Android Phone

SoundWire-desktop
Macs, iPhones, and iPads are consistently built to communicate well with each other. The OS updates tie more and more of the features together but for anyone trying to get a Windows PC and an Android phone to play nice with each other, you will need third party apps. If you're trying to send audio from your PC to an Android, SoundWire is an Android and Windows app that will let you do just that. The Android version of the app comes with ads though they aren't intrusive and shouldn't make much of a difference once you have the audio set up to transmit from your desktop to your phone or tablet. The paid version of the app is free of ads and has additional features. Read More

How To Set The Default USB Connection Type In Android 6.0

android-6-usb-connection
If you have an Android device that you've updated to Android 6.0 you have no doubt realized that every time you connect your device via data cable to your PC, it defaults to charging mode. If you're looking to transfer photos from the device to your computer, you have to pull down the Notification panel, tap the USB connection icon, and choose the MTP protocol or PTP protocol in order to access files on your device. In older versions of Android, there was an option to set the default USB connection type so that you wouldn't have select it each time you connected your device. In Android 6.0, the options seems to have disappeared. It has in fact moved and you can only access it if you've enabled developer options. Read More

Share A Screenshot Of Your Android Screen Using Google Now On Tap

google-now-share
Android has long had the ability to take screenshots. The feature was added in Android 4.0 though there were many apps in the Google Play Store that allowed you to do so. Most of the apps required root access so the feature being made part of the OS made things much easier. To take a screenshot on Android, hold down the power and volume down button. If that combination doesn't work, hold down the power and home button. If you intend to share the screenshot with someone and your device is running Android Marshmallow, you can instead use the new Google Now on Tap feature to share what's on your screen. Here's how. Read More

Disable Notifications For An App From The Notification Area [Android]

app-notification-android
Just about any app you install will send you notifications. It doesn't matter if an app needs to send them to you or not, most will want to do so anyway. Some app developers consider it an opportunity to push a new promotion. That said, you can always selectively turn notifications off but if you're putting it off or don't want to go digging through an app's settings, you can jump to the right screen for turning off notifications for an app from the Notification Area in Android. Here's how. Read More