How To Minimize A Video In The Facebook App

The Facebook app is updated regularly with bug and security fixes and little else to mention in its changelog. Every so often though, one of the updates is a big one that adds new features, or makes yet another change to the UI of the app. The most recent update to the app brought its design closer to iOS 9 (though it's still crashing like a drunk) and it introduced a new way to watch videos in the app. You can now minimize a video that's currently playing in the app so that it takes up just a small area at the bottom right of the app while you continue to scroll through the rest of your feed. Here's how. Read More

How To Block An Email Address In Gmail

I've used Gmail as my main email service for years now. Gmail's handling of spam is what got me to stick with the service and abandon my Hotmail account. Where Gmail does an excellent job of handling spam, there is a certain kind of spam that it has no filter for; the spam that's not obvious spam, but still spam. These are emails from people that are legit users and aren't trying to scam you out of money but are instead trying to sell you things; office furniture, web development services, or trainings that have nothing to do with you. You can mark these messages as spam but Gmail will not treat it as such and the next email from any of these senders will make it to your primary inbox. There is good news though as a new block feature is being rolled out to Gmail users on the web and on Android. The block feature allows users to block emails by email address. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Move To iOS From An Android Device With Apple’s App

A while back Google made it easier for anyone tired of their iPhone to switch to an Android device. There is an official page that helps you move your data from an iOS device to an Android device and make the transition as painless as possible. On September 9, 2015 Apple at its iPhone event fired back and announced an app called Move to iOS. It's the first (and possibly last) Android app that the company has ever built and the names pretty much says what it does; it helps you move from an Android device to an iPhone. Since iPhones work differently than Android devices you might be wondering just how the whole move works. Here's how. Read More

Privately Exchange Photos Of An Event With Your Facebook Friends

Everyone has a phone and just about every phone in existence has a camera and that means given an event, a party, or even a slightly fun lunch hour, lots of photos will be taken. You might end up with everyone having snapped photos of a fun night out or if you're trying to conserve phone battery, you will have appointed a designated photographer to take all the photos. Once the photos have been taken, Facebook is the go-to place for sharing them so everyone has a copy. If you prefer private sharing of your photos however, Facebook has you covered with its Moments app. The app is kind of old and just upgraded to version 2.0 but it's just now been made available outside the U.S. What it does is that it automatically groups photos together based on the location and time they were taken. A group of such photos is called a moment and you can share it privately with one or several Facebook friends. Here's how it works. Read More

Install An App APK On Your Android Device From The Desktop [Windows]

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One of the things I'm most envious about when it comes to Android is the ability to initiate an app download from the desktop version of the Google Play store and remotely install an app to any Android device associated with my account. I would kill to have something like that on iOS. Pure APK Install is a new Windows app from Pure APK; a service that lets you download app APKs from the Google Play store. The app works independently of its own service and lets you install any APK file on your system to your Android device. You don't need root access and you can choose whether an app is installed to the external storage or the device's internal memory. For anyone who has trouble downloading and installing apps on their device, Pure APK Install is a simple solution. Read More

Arrange Photos In Your Facebook Post When Uploading Them From Your Phone

The photos we share on Facebook make up a huge part of how we interact with other people on the social network. Take the ability to post photos away from Facebook and you'd be left wondering what to there. Facebook knows just how important photos are and it makes a deliberate effort to give us a great photo sharing experience. It also buys apps like Instagram to make sure it owns all your photos. Photo sharing is of course a feature everyone uses and if you often post photos from your smartphone you might wonder how you can post them in the right order (appetizer, main course, drinks, and dessert). The Facebook app lets you arrange them easily whether you're posting them for the first time or editing a post after sharing them. Here's how. Read More

Search Imgur For Reaction GIFs From Inside Facebook Messenger

Imgur, while great for sharing images on Reddit is notorious for its very bad mobile apps. They recently released a fresh Android app and just a while before that overhauled their iOS app. The effort made on either one was unimpressive but Imgur still remains one of the biggest hoards of images available online. If you installed the app but are considering uninstalling it because it's so terrible you might want to keep it around because it lets you search for and send reaction GIFs from the Facebook Messenger app. Here's how. Read More

Export Your Firefox Profile From A Non-Rooted Device To Your Desktop [Android]

Android users are divided into two categories; those that root their devices, and those that do not. The debate to root or not to root centers on points like warranty, unlocking the real power of your device, removing bloatware, risking a bricked device, and overclocking it to its death. Regardless of which side you root for (pun intended), the fact is that Android users with a rooted device can do more than those with a non-rooted device. One such limitation is accessing protected files such as your Firefox profile. Fortunately, there is a very simple way of exporting and saving it to your desktop without needing to root your device. Here's how. Read More

Schedule Text Messages For Any Date And Time On Your Android Phone

Scheduled text messages is a feature that popular mobile platforms seem to ignore year after year. Granted there is no one popular app out there that would convince them that scheduling a text message is a much needed feature and that is probably why no one pays much attention to it. That said, it can be useful and SMStagger is a free material design app for Android phones that does the job beautifully. You can search for and select a recipient from your contacts, select the date and time when a message should be sent, and compose your message in advance. When the message is due, the app will send it. Read More

Get Visual And Haptic Feedback From Your Phone When You Make A Typo [Android]

Autocorrect may have ensured that we make fewer mistakes when writing a report, or composing an email but it has affected how well we can spell and to some extent, it's also had an impact on how shortsighted we've become when typing and proofreading. We expect autocorrect to not only correct misspelled words but to also fill in for the ones we've missed and generally know what word it is we meant to type. It works great with spelling, not so great with grammar, and not at all when we make a typo. Tipo is a free Android keyboard that identifies when you've made a typo. The keyboard flashes red and you get haptic feedback from your device when an error has been made and autocorrect failed to fix it. The app is free but offers an upgrade of $0.99 that will help you improve your spelling. Read More

Get Guided On-Screen Instructions To Compose A Better Photo

The rule of thirds is a fairly popular rule that people can easily learn to compose better photos. There are of course other layout rules and options that you can try but knowing a rule often isn't enough to compose a good photo. You must have some understanding of how to position the main object. Camera51 is a free iOS and Android app that comes to the rescue; it provides an on-screen guide to help you frame all objects you want in a photo such that you have a nicely composed photo in the end. It's incredibly easy to use and can serve as a good learning tool. Read More

Silence Your Alarm With A Wave Of Your Hand [Android]

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Waking up is hard, and waking up with some sense of what not to knock over is harder. If you're the regular adult with a job or just the average student trying to get through the semester two things are likely; you aren't very well coordinated the second you wake up after staying up too long (yet again) and you probably use your phone as an alarm clock. Mix those two together and you realize that turning the alarm off every morning comes with a fifty percent risk of you dropping your phone. Wave Alarm is a free Android app that takes the risk out of the equation and lets you turn alarm clocks off by waving a hand over your device. The app picks up movement from your camera and turns off the alarm. Read More

Get iOS Like Assistive Touch On Your Android Phone

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Android is no stranger to soft or floating keys and there are many apps in the Google Play store that add differen types soft keys to your device. You won't find similar options for iOS but soft keys come packaged as an accessibility feature of the OS. Most iPhone users will be familiar with Assistive Touch if their home button is or has been faulty at some point. Assistive Touch for Android is a free Android app that adds a floating button to your device's screen. It is built to replicate Assistive Touch on iOS and does a decent job of it. Be warned though, the app has ads that like to sneak up on you. They do not appear when you're using the app but will pop up a lot when you're setting the app up. Read More

Get Notifications To Wake Up Your Locked Screen On Android Lollipop

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Android Lollipop axed a few features of the OS that had been very popular in the past. Lock screen widgets are a good example but some other, more subtle changes made by Google include notifications no longer waking your screen up when it is locked. For people with newer devices this isn't too much of a big deal because if their device has the supported hardware, they can just tap the screen to wake it up. For users with older devices, and the Nexus 5 is one of these older ones, it's a different story. Your device will buzz and ring, or pop, when you receive a new notification but you have to use the power button to wake it up. Glimpse Notification is a free Android app that will wake your screen even if it's locked each time you get a notification. The app does not require root access. Read More

Use Google To Locate Your Misplaced Android Phone

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Misplacing a phone is something we've all done. Some of us leave our phones at work, at home, at a restaurant, and then wonder where we might have lost it. Did we have it with us when we walked in and should we search the sofa before we announce a reward for anyone who has some information on the lost device. Google has made the search for our misplaced phones easier; it lets you Google where your phone is, and will even ring your device for you so you can locate it. You must have the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device for this to work. Read More

Look Up How Long You Can Store A Particular Food In Your Fridge

Storing food seems like a simple enough thing we do everyday. For most people buying groceries for an entire week is normal. Some food like milk is bought more than once because you can't store it too long or too much of it, or can you? Milk itself is simple enough but when it comes to meat, vegetables, and other food types you might wonder how long it can be safely stored and consumed. USDA FoodKeeper is a free app available for both iOS and Android that works as a simple reference guide for how long you can store a particular food without risking your health. Read More

Highlight Specific Colors In A Photo With New Fade & Color Feature In Instagram

Filter apps keep crowding the photography app category on both iOS and Android app stores. Meanwhile, Instagram which fuelled their popularity isn't sitting back and allowing the photo-filter space to crown a new king. A recent Instagram update for Android has rolled out two new features; Fade and Color. Fade as the name implies allows you to give a sort of washed out look to your photo whereas the Color feature lets you pick colors to highlight or tone down. It is something like an extension of the Shadows and Highlights feature introduced a while back but with an emphasis on a particular color. The features have rolled out for Android and will be rolled out soon for iOS. Update: The features are now available for iOS. Read More

Compress Any Video To A Custom Size On Your Android Device

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Yesterday we published a cheat sheet of video editing apps for Android. The purpose of the post was to pin-point for readers apps that did what we though were essential video editing functions, for free and without adding a watermark. One of our readers asked for an app that could help compress a video and sure enough, we found one that did the trick. Meet Video Compressor a free app as simple as its name and yet surprisingly good. It features ads but we're not complaining because one; they are not annoyingly intrusive and two; because this app lets you choose the exact size (in MB) that you want to compress a video to. Read More

Scan And Convert Images To Text On Your Phone And Export To MS Word

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Microsoft has just released Office Lens, a photos, whiteboard, and document scanning app for both the iPhone and Android. The app can scan a document and convert the image to text. The text can then be exported and opened in the MS Office or MS PowerPoint app if they are installed on your device. The text can also be exported to OneNote, the file can be saved to OneDrive, the text can be sent to the Mail app (on your iPhone) and it can be saved as a PDF. That about covers everything you could ever need a document scanning app to do but it also scans images and whiteboards so that you can share them with others. We took it for a spin and it works great. Read More

New Features In Firefox 37 For Desktop And Android

You've probably read this a few hundred thousand times but we're reiterating it; rapid release cycles more often than not make version numbers irrelevant. It's been happening with Firefox for the past few release cycles with the previous versions having little to offer to end users and developers alike. Firefox 37 is out and we can't say we're impressed. There are the usual bug fixes and security fixes that are part of every release. The new version has a brand new way of getting feedback from users; a pop-up widget that will be displayed to select users once a day. Bing users will now enjoy HTTPS while searching, and for users in Turkey, the default search engine has been set to Yandex. For developers, there is a new animations tab in the Inspector panel as well as a new Security tab in the network panel. For the Android version, the new additions include an improvement to how downloads are handled and the URL bar now displays the URL instead of the page title, by default. Read More