How To Create A Snapchat Spectacles Video Without Spectacles

Snapchat has released a product called 'Spectacles'. You can buy these spectacles from special vending machines for $130. They're basically camera glasses that you can't buy from any place other than the vending machines. If you don't have the money to spend on Snapchat's new little toy, or you can't find a vending machine near you, you're going to have to do with a work around. SnapView is a web app that takes any video formats it exactly like a Spectacles video. You can then share it with your friends on Snapchat. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Scan & Digitize Your Old Photographs With Your Phone

Digital cameras, when they fist appeared on shelves, were expensive. It took a while for them to get cheaper and for phones on cameras to get better. Most people continued to use standard film cameras for capturing the special events in their lives. The photos were developed and either stored in bulky albums or put away in shoe boxes. Digital cameras and smartphones have made point and shoot cameras obsolete but they didn't get rid of our old photographs. Those, at the time expensive to develop memories, were printed on a standard 4x6 photographic sheet and they live in our small storage spaces. You can scan them to preserve a digital copy but that is quite a time consuming task. Google has just released a new app called PhotoScan that lets you use your phone to scan and digitize your old photographs. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use QR Codes For Twitter Accounts

Twitter has rolled out QR codes because, why not? Facebook's Messenger app has them. The Twitter QR codes allow you to scan a code and automatically start following the account it belongs to. Likewise you can get a QR code for your Twitter profile and share it wherever you want. QR codes are available for all types of accounts i.e. verified and unverified. Since it impractical to scan or share a QR code from Twitter's web interface, they cannot be accessed from it. A QR code can only be copied and shared from Twitter's official mobile apps. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Mute A Twitter Conversation

Twitter introduced a feature to mute accounts that you follow quite a while ago. The feature blocks tweets from the account in question but allows you to continue following it. Twitter has introduced a new feature now; muted conversations. You can now mute entire conversations that take place in reply to a particular Tweet. It's incredibly useful for when you get caught in a Twitter argument that you aren't really that vested in. The mute function works for Twitter threads and not for hashtags. Read More

How To Disable Learning New Words With SwiftKey’s Incognito Mode

Android has long supported third-party keyboards and Swiftkey is one of the most popular keyboards available for Android. Swiftkey is pretty awesome and it can take what Google has learned about your typing habits and incorporate it. That said, your keyboard should not learn all the words that you type. There are some you can do without adding to the keyboard's knowledge base. It can mess with the auto-correct and effect your typing which is why Swiftkey has introduced an incognito mode. The incognito mode switches off learning while you type. Read More

How To Enable Screen Filters To Compensate For Color Blindness In Android

Technology has long been playing an important part in helping people with disabilities live better lives. Disabilities that have a bigger impact on a person's quality of life such as PTSD or an amputated limb get more attention in terms of treatment since they are harder to overcome. That doesn't mean other more manageable disabilities are overlooked. Color blindness is a vision impairment that prevents people from seeing colors correctly. On the surface of it, you aren't blind and can live a relatively normal life. In reality, you have a genuine problem seeing things properly. The problem can't be corrected with a standard pair of prescription glasses. This is precisely where technology makes life easier. If you use an Android phone, anything that runs Android 6.0 or above, you can enable screen filters that compensate for your particular type of color blindness. Here's how. Read More

How To Get The Pixel Phone’s Wallpapers App

Wallpapers aren't something you'd call a feature. Every phone has a wallpaper and every phone lets you choose freely what image you set as your wallpaper. That said, good wallpapers are hard to come by. You might find some great collections and galleries if you regularly browse Imgur but nice HD wallpapers that are the right size for your phone are harder to come by. It's precisely why wallpapers that Google or Apple release for their respective smartphone operating systems are so popular. The Google Pixel phones are no exception, in fact, they come with a dedicated Wallpapers app. The app, even in its preview state, has been so popular that Google released it all Android phones.  The Wallpapers app gives five wallpaper collection to choose from. You get a new wallpaper daily. You can select any one wallpaper for both your lock screen and home screen, or you can enable daily wallpapers. Read More

10 Useful App Shortcuts From Google Apps Available In Android 7

Android 7.1 is already available on the new Pixel phones. Anyone with a supported Nexus device can join the Android Beta program and test it out as well. One of the highlight features of Android 7.1 is App Shortcuts. App Shortcuts are an imitation of 3D touch shortcuts on iOS and they're better. Since Android 7.1 isn't available for most phones at present so not many developers have updated their apps with App Shortcuts. Google on the other hand has updated almost all default Android apps to support App Shortcuts. Here's a list of the ten most useful shortcuts Google Apps have to offer. Read More

How To Get Public Transport Timings Inside Facebook Messenger

If you rely on public transport, and so many of us do, missing the bus or the train is the worst thing that can happen. It's bad if you're going for an interview and it's bad if you're trying to catch the last train home. For a daily work or school commute, most people know what time their public transport of choice arrives. Likewise they know their next option in case they miss the first one. For times when you're caught unprepared, Moovel's new Facebook Messenger bot Public Transport By Moovel is the answer. It works on both your phone and your desktop but is best used on phones. You send the bot your current location and it gives you public transport timings for it. Read More

How To Send GIFs And Convert Short Videos To GIFs In Whatsapp

Whatsapp has finally added support for GIFs. The app is one of the more popular messaging apps available for Android and iOS, and it did not support GIF playback up until now. When you send and receive GIFs over a conversation thread in GIFs, you will see a 'GIF' badge on the image to highlight the image type. The GIFs don't play automatically. You have to tap a GIF to play it. It is very similar to GIF support in the Facebook apps. Whatsapp has also introduced an in-app video to GIF converter and live photo to GIF converter. When you're sending a video, you have the option to send it as a GIF. The option is available for videos that are 6 seconds or shorter in length. Read More

How To Get The Pixel Phone’s Fingerprint Gestures On Any Device [No Root]

Google's Pixel phones have a unique feature that other Android phones running Android 7.1 will not get; fingerprint gestures. The fingerprint gesture lets you use the fingerprint sensor on a Pixel phone as an input device instead of just a security lock. Now, Pixel phones aren't the only Android phones in the market to have a fingerprint scanner. There are in fact lots of high end phones, including the Nexus 6P that have the scanner built in. Google is effectively locking them out of being able to use this particular feature. Fingerprint Quick Action and Fingerprint Gestures (Beta) are two Android apps that rectifythe problem; they add fingerprint gestures to all phones that have a fingerprint scanner. The do not require a rooted phone to work. Both are still in early stages of development but we found Fingerprint Gestures (Beta) to be far more superior. Depending on which phone you have, you might want to try them both out. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Profile Picture Login For The Facebook App

When was the last time you actually signed into Facebook? The social network is such an essential part of our lives that we habitually leave our accounts signed in on trusted computers. For those who try to take a break, Facebook does everything it can to make it easier to come back. The Facebook mobile apps have a Profile Picture login feature that lets you log in to the Facebook app by just tapping on your profile picture. This feature is meant to be used when you log out of the app or uninstall it, and need to log in again. It isn't automatically enabled and you have to give Facebook explicit permission to enable it. If you have enabled it and are having second thoughts, disabling it is easy enough. Here's how. Read More

How To Backup And Download Your Favorite Vines As MP4 Files

Vine is being shut down. Twitter made the announcement just before the weekend. Users will no longer be able to record and upload new vines. Twitter said it will keep the old Vines around so they aren't lost forever, yet. Given that Vine is being shut down so soon, it's not a good idea to bank on Twitter keeping your favorite vines around forever. Fortunately there are other ways to keep your Vines around, ones that don't rely on Twitter. Giphy is offering to convert them to GIFs but that will leave you without the sound. A far better way to backup your Vines is to download them. RIP Vine is a free web app that lets you download Vines by any user. The Vines are saved in MP4 format. You are free to immortalize them/upload them to other websites like Facebook or Instagram once you have the MP4 file. Read More

How To Get A Plus Code For A Location In Google Maps

You can share locations in Google Maps via a link. If you'r trying to help someone find your house or a place of business, the easiest thing to do is to drop a pin and share it. When someone clicks or taps on the link, they jump to the location in question. The link is more or less the longitude and latitude coordinates for the location in question. Google Maps has another way to share locations though; plus codes. You can get a plus code for any location you drop a pin on. The codes are available only in the Android and iOS apps and not the web interface. In Google's own words, a Plus Code is like a postal address, one that Google Maps understands. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Disable Suggested Content From The New Tab Page In Chrome For Android

A while back, Chrome for Android introduced a content suggestion feature. At the time it was introduced, it was opt-in. Users who did not want to be presented with articles were never troubled by it. Those who liked it, could turn it On by enabling the right flags. A recent update to the mobile browser has turned suggested content on for everyone. Whenever you open a new tab, you will see a list of articles appear below the speed dial. The articles come from websites you frequently visit and are based on your areas of interest. In order to turn them off, you have to disable two Chrome flags. Here's how. Read More

How To Search For And Send GIFs From The Keyboard In Android 7

Android has long supported third-party keyboards, certainly much longer than iOS has. The third-party keyboards available for Android normally focus on providing a better typing experience. As of Android 7.1, the default Google Keyboard now supports GIF search. With GIF support, you no longer need to install a third-party keyboard to look for and send GIFs. The support is built-in like it is for emoji. You can switch to the GIF interface, search GIFs by topic, and send them with a tap. Read More

How To Use App Shortcuts In Android 7

Android 7.1 has a new feature called App Shortcuts. This feature will be available on all phones that receive the update, and not just the new Pixel phones. The feature is more or less a replication of the iOS 3D touch that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6S. The feature lets you access quick app-specific settings for an app from its home screen icon. If you need to jump to a quick location in Google Maps or see what's trending on YouTube, you won't have to open the app and then tap the right button to do so. The shortcuts allow you to jump straight to the right screen. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Use The Flip Camera Move In Android 7

Android phones have some of the most intelligent gesture support you will find on a smartphone. iPhones don't compare to a good high-end Android phone in terms of gestures. An iPhone has the usual gestures that perform the predictable action in the correct context. Android phones, and the Android system, is in a league of its own in this regard. Just look at 'Now on tap' if you need an example. Come Android 7.1, a much smarter set of gestures called 'Moves' is being added. The moves work with the buttons on a device as well as the accelerometer and gyroscope. Case in point is the new Flip Camera move that lets you flip the camera inside the app when you 'Double Twist' in the app. You no longer have to use the UI button to switch between the front and rear end cameras when you're in the app. A simple wrist flick will change it for you. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Unlock The Walking Dead Filter For Snapchat

Snapchat comes with some neat filters that you can apply to your photos. Some are simply color filters while others feature graphics for your current city, the current time, and even the current temperature. They are easily one of the more popular features of the app. The filters are often also a great way to promote things like important events or upcoming TV show premiers which is just what AMC has done. The Walking Dead Season 7 premier is just days away. To get viewers excited, AMC has released a special Snapchat filter just for fans of the show. It needs to be unlocked by taking a photo of a particular zombified ghost icon. Here's how to get it. Read More

How To Turn Off Read Receipts And Typing Alerts For LinkedIn Messages

It seems email is the only way left to read a message without automatically sending a 'read' receipt. Likewise, email seems to be the only way people don't know whether or not you're currently typing a reply to an email they've just sent. LinkedIn, like so many other social networks, has a messaging feature. It has introduced a 'read' receipt and a typing indicator for the messaging service. When you read a message, the sender will know you've read it. If you start typing a reply, the sender will be alerted that you are typing. The good thing is, you can turn it Off. Here's how. Read More