Auto Expand Code Snippets On Stack Exchange For Better Reading [Firefox]

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Forums like Stack Exchange are amazing for the sheer size of their community but also for the wide range of topics this one single platform covers. You can ask people to help you with code and scripts that you're trying to execute and even help you learn the correct use of a semi-colon by asking the right group of people. Speaking of code, Stack Overflow lets users share code both when seeking help and when providing it. Anyone who deals with code might also know that those lines that do so much can sometimes get really long and because syntax is so important hyphenating or breaking a long line so that it appears in the next one is often times a big no-no. Wide screen stackexchange sites is a Firefox add-on that expands the Q&A area of Stack Exchange sites so that any code that's been shared is easier to read. Read More

Get The Space Bar To Pause YouTube Videos Instead Of Scrolling Down [Chrome]

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YouTube supports keyboard shortcuts for playing and/or pausing a video. These shortcuts, as fas as using them in Chrome are oddly temperamental; sometimes they work and other times they do not. It has something to do with where you clicked outside the video player. In my personal experience, playing around with the shortcuts has sometimes yielded success and other times not. If the shortcuts were to function flawlessly you could play/pause videos with the spacebar. Hit the spacebar now though and it's more likely the page will just scroll down instead of pausing the video. If you're a Chrome user, there's YouTube Pause. A simple extension that works in the background and gets the spacebar shortcut to function properly. Read More

Compare Music Prices On Amazon And iTunes To Find The Better Deal

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iTunes changed the way music was bought and sold. The revolution it brought around had a major impact but with the passage of time we've seen several large companies enter the fold, all aiming to make it easier for people to buy, and artists to sell their music online. Noteworthy among the new names are Google, Amazon, and Spotify. That said, we now not only have a simple way to buy cheap music, we also have choice when it comes to where or who we buy it from. Services compete for users now and if you're in the market for some new music, Tunemiser is a little tool that you can use to see whether Amazon or iTunes has a better deal on an album or a track. Read More

How To Disable The New Autoplay Feature On YouTube

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YouTube is rolling out a new autoplay feature. It's a lot like the autoplay feature you see on Hulu where the next suggested video is automatically played after 3 seconds if you do not cancel or pause it. When YouTube first started auto-playing videos today I thought I had maybe clicked on a playlist. It's still rolling out at the moment and some of you might not be seeing. It's useful no doubt but you might not know it can be disabled because the switch that turns it off comes after an ad. The feature has been available to select users since 2014 when it was in the test phase. Here's how it works and how you can turn it off. Read More

How To Search Profiles Of The People You Follow On Twitter

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When I first started using Twitter, I didn't get it. It was annoying and it took me a little time to learn to appreciate the great one-liners people shared and also the very comprehensive information and live news that people shared as they experienced events. It took time because I had to find the right people to follow. It started with news agencies, parody accounts, and then expanded to include some great people in the tech industry. Since then, every Twitter account I follow is, to me, a great find. That said, it's hard to remember who I follow and these are people or companies I know almost only through their Twitter profiles. Here's how you can search the profiles of people you follow on Twitter when you need to find someone quickly. Read More

Force Facebook To Detect Thumbnails And Links When Sharing A URL

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A few months ago, I started experiencing problems with Facebook. Whenever I shared a link from a Facebook page that I owned or that I was managing, there would be instances where Facebook would not detect that I had pasted a URL in the status box. Other times, it simply wouldn't load an image to use as a thumbnail. The latter I attributed to my internet connection acting up but the problem was recurrent even though it didn't reproduce itself 100% of the time. When Facebook failed to detect a link all together despite multiple attempts, it became a problem instead of just an inconvenience. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to it and from what I can tell, this is a problem on Facebook's side. Here's how to fix it for your own Facebook pages. Read More

Use Custom Templates For Any iWork Productivity App On iCloud

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Apple opened its iWork suite up to everyone last year making it super easy for anyone to use its productivity apps. These apps include Pages (documents), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Keynote (Presentations). Like any great productivity suite, these come loaded with templates from Apple. You can also buy templates which are downloaded to your computer as zipped files. Unzip them and you've got absolutely nothing that can be used from the iCloud web interface. The templates only work if you've got a Mac. This effectively makes them useless because the web version of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers don't let you load a custom template. There is however a simple way to work around this and use a template you've maybe bought and downloaded to your system. Here's how. Read More

How To View Pages File On Windows & Convert It To PDF

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Mac vs. Windows, iOS vs. Android, black & blue vs. white and gold, are just some of the things we like to argue about. They're the finer points of conflict in life that you can bring up when you're bored and conversation is running dry. There does come a time though when the difference actually becomes a problem like when you have to open a platform specific file like a Pages document on your Windows PC. Not only that, you might need it converted to the DOCX or PDF format so that you can view it easily on other non-Apple devices. Here's how. Read More

How To Embed A Video From Twitter To Your Website

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Twitter has always supported embedding for tweets. The embed code adds a nice card to your website which updates to show the number of times the embedded tweet has been favorited and retweeted. Any images that have been tweeted appear in said card as well and now Twitter has added video embedding to its interface. Any video that you've tweeted or that has been tweeted publicly can now be embedded directly. Here's how. Read More

This Search Engine Can Find Any Calvin & Hobbes Comic Based On Keyword

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Calvin & Hobbes are possibly one of the most famous comic strips to run ever and easily stack up well against other popular names like the Peanuts strip. Calvin & Hobbes are of course not just limited to running in newspapers. The many strips and stories have been compiled in book form and make for great reading if you have kids. That said, if you've got a favorite strip from this title but can't find it anywhere, there's a nifty little search engine that will let you look up any strip with a simple keyword search. Not only can you read the strip from the results but you can also see if it's ever been included in a book title. Read More

Customize What Page Or Website The Chrome Home Button Opens

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Chrome has a Home button. I don't know why it has this button since its purpose by default is to open the New Tab page which is pretty easy to do with a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+T) or with the new tab button that sits comfortably next to the open tabs. Unless you like using it for reasons of your own, the button is more or less just there because browsers have always had a home button. That said, Google and the team behind Chrome isn't one to comply with convention so the Home button it makes sure you have an alternative. The home button doesn't have to always point to the New Tab page. You can have it open any one website of your choice, without even needing an extension. Read More

New Features In Firefox 36 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 36 is out and this version is easily one of the least exciting versions ever released if you're an end user. It's got bug fixes and the usual security improvements but little else. The one major security improvement is that the HTTP/2 protocol is now fully supported. It has been implemented for both the desktop and Android versions of Firefox. The mobile version has also gotten a new tablet interface. The desktop version will now sync tiles for frequently visited web sites that appear on the new tab page across devices. For mobile users running Android Lollipop, Maithili language is now supported, and for desktop users support for the Uzbek language has been added. Read More

Find What Regional Restrictions Have Been Applied To A YouTube Video

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The internet is for everyone unless you live in the wrong part of the world in which case not all of it is for you. Copyright among many other things results in online content being restricted geographically. A very obvious example is Hulu which limits its services to the USA and understandably so. YouTube also allows users to restrict the content they upload to certain geographical areas. Sometimes these restrictions don't make sense especially when you're residing in the United Kingdom and can't see a video uploaded by the BBC. That said, there are plenty of ways to circumvent these YouTube restrictions but before you go looking for a proxy tool, it would help to know which regions a YouTube video is restricted in. YouTube Region Restriction Checker is a simple tool that tells you just that. Read More

Stop GIFs From Playing Until They’ve Fully Loaded [Chrome]

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The internet has a love-hate relationship with GIFs; we can't wait for them to load and the longer they take, or the more they lag when playing the angrier we get. On the other hand, one good GIF can say what a thousand well-thought out comments cannot. It's safe to say that Imgur is the only one that understands our needs for great GIFs but even with its new GIFV format, users still experience that dreadful load delay and the choppy playback that is a result of a file still loading. Gif Delayer is a Chrome extension that stops a GIF image from showing until it is fully loaded. Meant specifically for users who are not willing to wait a few seconds for it to finish loading, the extension doesn't speed up the loading time but makes for a less frustrating experience. Read More

Search Bookmarks From The Chrome URL Bar Without An Extension

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Chrome's URL bar, or rather the OmniBar as it's called is more than just a search bar or a simple URL bar. When you type anything in the URL bar it searches your history as well as your bookmarks. That's why it's the Omnibar. That said, if you want to exclusively search your bookmarks you have to go to the bookmarks manager or go through the folders on the bookmarks bar. An alternative is to perhaps use an extension that will let you search bookmarks or, you can add bookmarks as a search engine in Chrome and get it done without needing an extension. Here's how. Read More

SHINE For Reddit Is A Skin That Focuses Solely On The Content [Chrome]

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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

Enable A Native Mute Button For Chrome Tabs

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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

Check Username Availability On Any Social Network

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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

Create GIFs From Videos And Add Text With The New Imgur GIF Creator

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We all take our GIFs very seriously but no one takes them as seriously as Imgur. The service started out as a great way to share images on Reddit where the GIF format is very popular. Imgur has been hard at work trying to improve the GIF format. Last year it announced the GIFV format that made it easier to upload and view larger, longer, and better quality GIFs but today it's done something absolutely wonderful; it's incorporated a video to GIF maker that even lets you add text to your GIF. If your GIF is large, it will convert it to GIFV format and it will automatically be uploaded to Imgur, ready for sharing. Read More

How To Stop And Play A Long Imgur GIF From The Start

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Following the launch of Project GIFV by Imgur, lots of great high quality GIFs have been shared on the website. And with support for larger files, not only is the quality better but they GIFs are longer. Long GIFs existed before GIFV and in the event you missed a part of it, you'd have to sit through the rest of it, before it looped back to the start. With GIFV, that isn't the case. In fact, you can pause a GIF, prevent it from looping, and go back to the start from any point. Here's how. Read More