How To Disable Notifications For Recommended Videos From YouTube [Android]

YouTube for Android has received an update and of all the features that might have been implemented in the new version of the app, notifications for recommended videos is one of them. The update has brought some great features with it like an in-app editing tool but this new type of notification is going to get your attention before anything else. The new notifications do not appear when you open the YouTube. They appear like any other notification would in the Android Notification area. It's just another way the app will distract you with videos that are trending and match your previous viewing preferences. Fortunately, the YouTube app has a way of shutting them off. Here's how. Read More

Backup Your Android Notifications & Review Them After They’ve Been Dismissed

Notifications, once you dismiss them are gone with no way to recall them unless the app they are from has its own notification tab. If you've ever accidentally dismissed every notification on your device and later needed to look at one again, you might have wished there were a way to undo it. NotiBox is a free Android app that periodically backs up notifications and lets you review them any time. It also has a do not disturb mode that will stop all notifications but will still record and back them up. Read More

How To Redeem A Promo Code On The Google Play Store

Google introduced promo codes for apps in the Google Play Store earlier this year. It's an incredibly awesome feature that allows developers to give away copies of their apps  for free via a text based code. The feature has been available on iOS for quite some time. We've used it to share free copies of apps that developers have generously given away. Now that promo codes for Android apps are available, you might be wondering how a code works and how to redeem it. Here's a quick run down on how to redeem a code from both the desktop and the Google Play Store app on Android. Read More

Read New WhatsApp Messages From A Floating Widget [Android]

Chat Helper for WhatsApp-widget
WhatsApp is easily one of the most popular messaging apps that people use, second perhaps to Facebook Messenger. In the past year, WhatsApp has received many updates some good, some not so good like the 'Seen' reports it now delivers. It makes using the app a bit tricky but you can turn the 'Seen' report off. If you'd prefer to keep the 'Seen' report on but still work around it, give Chat Helper for WhatsApp a try. It's a free Android widget that adds an elegant floating button to your screen. The button carries a badge to indicate the number of new/unread messages and when tapped, it expands to let you read the message. Your recipient doesn't know that you've read the message and it remains 'unread'. Read More

How To Add Multiple Accounts To The Instagram App

Instagram is possibly the only social network of note that is totally driven by images. Where it's a great place for users to share amatuer photography, it's also an excellent marketing ground for brands that want to promote a lifestyle through their products. The app has recently received an update and the highlight of this update is the ability to add and manage multiple Instagram accounts from a single device. The update has been rolled out to both Android and iOS. Here's how to add multiple accounts to the Instagram app. Read More

How To Do A Quick Google Search For Selected Text In Chrome For Android

Desktop browsers have long supported a search option inside the right-click context menu. The option allows you to select text on a page, right-click it, and search for the word/phrase on your default search engine. It saves you the trouble of selecting the text, copying it to your clipboard, opening a new tab, pasting the text, and then hitting enter. The same feature hasn't quite made its way to all browsers available for mobile platforms with the exception of Chrome and Firefox for Android. These browsers do indeed have a built-in function for sending selected text to Google. Here's how to use it. Read More

Practice Public Speaking On A Virtual Stage With A Simulated Audience [Android]

Public Speaking for Cardboard
Public speaking is scary and long before you get up to speak in front of people, the anxiety of having to do so cripples you. Seasoned public speakers will give you varied advice; practice in front of a mirror, picture yourself talking to an audience that came to hear you speak in their birthday suits, chew gum, etc. If your nerves are still getting the best of you, try speaking in front of a virtual audience on a virtual stage. Public Speaking for Cardboard is an Android app that you can use with your VR headset to simulate a stage or conference room for you to practice a presentation or speech in. The app is meant to work with Google Cardboard but will work fine with any other VR headset. Read More

New Features In Firefox 44 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 44 is out for both desktop and Android with few noteworthy features for end users. Developers are likely to appreciate the slew of new animations tools added in the web console on the desktop version. For Android users, there's the ability to set a custom home page and hide the speed dial i.e. Top Sites panel. Firefox for iOS did not receive a simultaneous update however, it has been updated twice this month, once with bug and security fixes, and once with two major feature additions to the app. You can now request the desktop version of a website and use third-party password managers on iOS. Here's a detailed look at the major new additions in Firefox 44. Read More

Stream Live Video From Your Phone’s Camera To Chromecast

An old out-dated smartphone can be utilized as a security camera. It's one of the most commonly suggested uses for devices that are no longer receiving firmware updates but have, otherwise, great hardware that is likely to go to waste. The devices aren't worth selling and can't be traded in so they're best used as a baby monitor or just a way to remotely keep an eye on your pets. Another pretty awesome use for the device is to use it as a webcam or if you have a Chromecast, you can use it to transmit a live video from the camera to a TV on your network. Here's how. Read More

How To Watch A 3D Movie With A VR Headset

TVs have come a long way from the heavy, square, CRT screens they were years ago. Besides being slimmer, no longer needing a copper cable connection, and having exceptionally better resolutions, they've also gotten smart. Screens are so sophisticated now that you can watch a 3D movie all from the comfort of your home. The only thing stopping you is the price tag on these awesome screens which, given that the technology is still new, is a big one. That doesn't necessarily mean you can't watch a 3D movie at home. If you have a low end VR headset at home, it's actually pretty easy to do. Here's how you can watch a 3D movie with a VR headset. Read More

Track What Foods You’ve Burnt Off With Your Daily Activity Level

Losing weight is daunting. If you've got a lot of numbers to reduce on the scale you might already see it as a goal that's too difficult to accomplish. The key is to take baby steps. You can start out with just walking daily and don't necessarily have to hit the gym everyday until you're ready for a more aggressive approach to weight loss. If your smartphone has a built in activity tracker then you can use it to count the steps you take daily, and Movesum will tell you how many calories you burnt that day. It's a free app for Android and iOS that connects with your phone's activity tracker, takes your daily activity information, and translates it into food you've burnt off. Read More

How To Play Games With Your Friends Over Chromecast

Chromecast is used mostly for watching movies and TV shows on a big screen. If you never dig deeper into what the device can do, chances are you'll always use it as a means to avoid using an HDMI cable and nothing more. Chromecast can be used for a lot of things and even as far as entertainment goes, movies aren't the end of it. You can play games with your friends over the Chromecast. We don't mean big title games like those on Steam but smaller ones that you can play with your phone acting as the controller. Here's how. Read More

Play Movies From A Media Server To Your TV Using Your Phone [Chromecast]

VideoCast For Chromecast play
We reviewed Plex as a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast app. Plex basically creates a media server on your PC but it's popularity stems from its support for Chromecast which very few other media server apps to. If you're already using a different media server app and don't want to switch to Plex, or it's near competitor Emby, you can instead use your iPhone or Android phone to control the media and cast it to your Chromecast. We've combed the app stores for both iOS and Android to find apps that let you play movies and TV shows from a media server and cast it to your TV. Read More

Play Windows Games On Your iPad Or Android Tablet

PC games very rarely have mobile versions and that's to be expected since a mobile device can't give the same experience as a desktop. Even if you were to use a mobile device that came packed with the best hardware available, playing the game wouldn't be the same. Remotr is a desktop streaming app that comes with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone clients and it seeks to challenge this very notion. The app lets you play games installed and running on your Windows PC from your mobile phone or tablet. The apps can detect which games you have installed and you can launch a game on your computer from one of the mobile apps. The mobile apps let you configure on-screen game controls to play the games. Read More

How To Cast A Presentation From Your Smartphone To Your TV

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Preparing for a presentation involves a lot of things; making sure the slides are in order, the presentation is cohesive and well-connected, a quick rehearsal, checking and rechecking that you have the presentation file on your laptop, and making sure it is working. Presentations largely still live on our laptops and if you forget your laptop, or don't have one available to access a presentation file from a cloud drive, it's a problem of nightmare proportions. If however you're presenting via a Chromecast device all you need is your smartphone and the Google Slides app to give a presentation. Read More

10 Popular Android Tips From 2015

Android 6.0 was the highlight of 2015 for Android users. The new OS came with a file manager, better Google Voice integration, Google Now on tap, smarter battery management features, and more. Alongside the new Android version, apps for the platform kept coming and we reviewed the best, most productive ones. Here's our yearly round-up of the top Android posts of 2015. Read More

Add A Map To Offline Areas In Google Maps & Use It When There Is No Internet

Cell phones have become exceptionally powerful but you are still warned against relying on them in an emergency. Where the devices themselves aren't going to just fail for no reason, the service that powers most of their features might. You may suddenly find yourself in a place with no cell phone reception and unable to call for help. It's more a failure on part of your carrier than it is on the part of your phone manufacturer but the bottom line is your phone isn't always going to be there for you. You don't just need reception to make a phone call but also to access the internet. If you're ever heading out to a place where you think you might have bad coverage and you're relying on Google Maps to get you to your destination, it's a good idea to save a section of the map under 'Offline Area' so you can look at it even when there isn't an active internet connection. Here's how. Read More

Send Location Triggered Messages To A Contact [Android]

It's common practice to check in with someone, or to have someone check in with you when they've reached home. You might be going home alone, or you might be worried about a friend or family member reaching home safely. In either case, people will send a quick message or make a short phone call to reassure whoever is waiting that they've arrived at their destination safely. Buzzer is an Android app that automates that. You can save different locations to it such as work and home, and each time you arrive at the location, a message can be configured to be sent out to one or multiple contacts. Read More

How To Play Local Audio Files Over Chromecast [Android]

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Android 6.0 has built-in support for the Chromecast making it easy to play videos and show photos from your device on your TV or monitor. The built-in support even lets you cast your Android screen to your TV without needing to install any additional apps, and without you having to purchase a smart TV to do it. That said, there isn't any support for Chromecast as far as the default music player is concerned meaning you can't stream your audio to your TV. If you use services like Pandora and Spotify, their apps might have built-in support for casting audio. If however, you have music files stored on your device's storage that you want to cast, the default music player cannot cast them to your TV. If you're looking for an app that does cast local audio files, Rocket Music Player is the answer. Read More

How To Clear The Google Play Store Cache In Android 6.0

The Google Play store is prone to generating odd sorts of errors. Sometimes it will fail to connect with the right service while other times it might fail to download, install, or update an app. The errors come and go on their own and for some users, the only thing they can do is wait for it to fix itself. That said, a lot of the errors that Google Play Store encounters can be mitigated by clearing the app's cache which is simple enough to do unless you're using Android 6.0. In prior versions of Android, resetting and clearing the data and cache of an app was obvious. All you had to do was go to Settings>Applications>Manage Applications, tap on the Google Play store and tap the 'Clear Cache' and 'Clear Data' buttons. In Android 6.0, these buttons aren't there any more and the process is now slightly different. Read More