How To Turn Off Live Video Notifications On Facebook

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Facebook live videos turned the social network into a platform for live streaming. It's a limited feature but people, brands, and companies all seem to be willing to give it a try. Anyone can stream a live video; Facebook pages and profiles alike. Every time a Page or a friend you follow on Facebook begins to stream live, you receive a notification so you can watch it. Facebook also gives you notifications for live streams it thinks you'll be interested in. The thing is that live videos aren't a refined feature and there's only so much you can get out of it that many people tire of watching them and that's when the notifications start to get annoying. The good news is, Facebook has a setting to turn these notifications Off. Here's where it is. Read More

How To Link Directly To A Section Of A Web Page

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Links to a Wikipedia page can be modified so that they link to a particular section of the article instead of just the page itself. It's pretty useful especially when the article is particularly long and only a section of it is relevant for whoever you need to share it with. This isn't a specific Wikipedia feature, it's a web page thing i.e., something to do with the HTML of the page. The link is modified with the HTML 'id' attribute attached to an element of a web page and this is something you can do with just about any web page that uses the 'id' attribute to define a style for an element. Here's how it work. Read More

See How Far You Can Get On A Budget Using Different Taxi Services

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Cheap, on-time, reliable transport is incredibly important to anyone who needs to get around. Services like Uber and Lyft have thrived because they can provide transport quickly and flexibly but also because they're cheaper than hiring a cab. Both companies have effectively disrupted taxi services as we know it but are they really always the cheaper option and which of the two is cheaper? If you're on a budget and trying to get to a specific destination, Up Hail Discover is a web service you might want to check with before you order a cab. The service lets you select a point of origin, a budget, and select a taxi service to see how far you can get on it. Read More

How To Create iTunes-Like Smart Playlists In Google Music [Chrome]

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As much as people love their iPhones, they hate iTunes. It's an app that's forced on to every iPhone and iPad user indiscriminately but it isn't all bad. For one, iTunes has a pretty neat smart playlists feature that lets you set rules for including songs in a playlist. The rules make it so you don't have to manually scan and add items from your music library whenever you want to create a playlist. This is a feature that Google Music lacks. Google Music auto-generates smart playlists but if you want to create one with your own rules you can't without the help of a really awesome Chrome extension called Autoplaylists for Google Music. The extension has a paid subscription based version as well as a free version. With the free version, you can create one smart playlist while the paid version lets you create multiple smart playlists. The subscription costs $1.99/ month. Read More

How To Download A Chrome Extension As A CRX File

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Chrome's Web Store has a large number of apps and extensions that range from productive to simple fun. The Chrome Web Store is awesome but it doesn't offer you any way to download extensions or apps without installing them. When you click 'Add to Chrome' the extension or app in question will download and install with no intermediate steps involved where you can stop the installation from happening. What this leads to is users unable to back up an extension in case it become unavailable later on. At best, they can backup the folders of a particular extension in their profile, or just backup the entire profile. Meet Chrome Extension Downloader. It's a simple web app that lets you download any Chrome app or extension. You need to be able to access an app's Chrome Web Store page or have access to the app/extension's ID. Read More

How To Check If Your Internet Connection Is Fast Enough For Gaming & Netflix

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If you have to download a very large file the best way to do it is to let it happen overnight. Not only will you get maximum speed because everyone is asleep, but also you won't have to stop everything you're doing just to get the download to finish faster. The same trick obviously can't be used when you want to play a game or watch Netflix. Not only do you need more than just a reasonably high download speed to play games smoothly but you also need low latency. A lot of online internet speed testing services check the latency of your internet connection in addition to its upload and download speed but SourceForge has a new internet speed checking tool that makes sense out of those figures and tells you if your connection is suitable for gaming and watching Netlix, Hulu, or streaming live to Twitch. Read More

How To Embed A YouTube Video With The Volume Muted

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A vast majority of videos on Facebook are watched with the volume muted. As you scroll through your timeline, whether it's from your desktop or the smartphone app, videos play automatically but the volume doesn't play unless you tap and open the video. There's no harm in this at all and it keeps you from bothering other people as you watch the fiftieth cat video in your timeline. If you would like to embed a YouTube video with the sound turned off by default then you can use a little script written by Amit Agarwal of Labnol that lets you do just that. The videos auto-play but the sound is muted. Users who visit your website and view the video will have to manually turn the volume up. Here's how it works. Read More

Get Food & Restaurant Recommendations Inside Facebook Messenger

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but deciding what to have for lunch can take over thirty minutes. If you're eating with a group of people this can take longer. If you're often unable to decide what or where to eat whether by yourself or with friends, you might want to give Where a try. It's a Facebook Messenger bot that helps you decide what to eat and where to have with by giving you suggestions all inside Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Track Your Flight With A Facebook Messenger Bot

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Facebook Messenger bots may sound like a temporary fad and for some they might be little more than a different way to get news but these bots refuse to be pigeon holed into a single function. A Facebook Messenger bot can do just about anything you tell it to do. A while back we reviewed an excellent bot called Jarvis that you could use to set reminders that showed you just how versatile they can be. App in the air is a Facebook Messenger bot that can track a flight, give travelling tips such as the availability of WiFi at a particular airport, and tell you if you some of your carry on items will be confiscated by the TSA. Read More

How To Disable Pocket In Firefox 38 And Above

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Firefox has lately been integrating other services in the browser. For a while it was just its own data syncing service and then the Hello feature that was introduced later on but Mozilla isn't content with just developing and integrating its own products. As of Firefox 38 and above, the browser now comes with Pocket integration. Pocket is a read it later type app/servce that lets you save links for reading later. It's a lot like the reading list that you can maintain in Firefox or in Safari except that it's an online service. If you aren't a fan of the service and simply hiding the Pocket button isn't enough for you, here's how you can disable it altogether in Firefox. Read More

Save A Temporary History Of Your Incognito Browsing Session In Chrome

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Incognito browsing modes allow us to hide web searches that we aren't too proud of. This doesn't just include inappropriate searches but also embarrassing ones like 'my hand is stuck in a jar of jellybeans help'. Incognito mode doesn't save your browsing history and while this is great to keep your online activity hidden from anyone using the same computer it's not so great for when you actually need to look at a link you just visited but can't find. Off The Record History is a Chrome extension that keeps history of your incognito browsing session so long as it is active. You can view a complete list of links you've visited and incognito tabs you've closed from the extension's panel. Once you close the incognito window however, your history is erased from the extension so no one can look at it. Read More

How To Reorder Extension Icons On The Chrome Toolbar

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When you install a new extension in Chrome, the extension's icon is added to the far right of the toolbar just before the hamburger icon. Likewise, if you sync extensions across multiple Chrome installations, or enable a disabled extension, the icons are added to the far right in the same order that they're added or synced. Other than enabling/disabling extensions, you have little control over when and where an icon is added. This is problematic because the difference in how the extensions are ordered on one Chrome installation compared to the other will often force you to look a little more closely at the icons before you click. As of a recent update to Chrome, this problem is easy to solve. Chrome now lets you reorder the extension icons on the toolbar simply by dragging & dropping them. Read More

How To Find The Meaning Of An Emoji

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Emoji started off as a cute way to express a sentiment that might have otherwise been lost in texting but you can't really restrict how an emoji is used and their usage has expanded beyond showing love, anger, hate, and sadness. People are now able to post an entire status update on Facebook using just Emoji and other people can apparently understand them. It's a actually becoming a thing and perhaps the only people who can save us now are grammar Nazis. If an Emoji takeover is imminent, you might need a dictionary to translate the little round heads and what they mean. For that Whatmoji is just the thing. It's a web app that lets you enter an emoji and tells you what it represents. Read More

Reverse Search A Screen Grab From An Anime To See Which Series It’s From

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Anime is an exceptionally diverse genre. It's hard to talk someone into giving it chance and the sheer landscape of the genre is enough to scare annyone away. Once you do get into the genre though, you are spoiled for choice. WAIT or What Anime Is It is a little web app that anyone new to Anime or well acquainted with the genre might have use with on occasion. It can perform a reverse image search on a screen grab of any Anime and tell you which movie or series it's from down to the very episode. When it finds the right series, it will play a snippet of the scene the screen grab is from. Read More

Use A Facebook Messenger Bot To Set Reminders

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Facebook's Messenger Bots are so far being used to deliver news or provide customer support but they have the potential to do so more than that. Meet Jarvis; a Facebook Messenger bot that you can use to set reminders for yourself. The reminders are sent to you over Messenger and you will get them on both your desktop and your phone. The reminders can be set for a particular day or for a relative time such as ten minutes from now. Jarvis relies on your time zone to send you reminders. Here's how it works. Read More

Message Multiple People On Facebook Without Adding Them To A Group [Chrome]

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Facebook has long supported group messaging. If a group is created with the right people in it and for a specific purpose it's a fantastic way to communicate with multiple people at one. If it's created by someone who just needs to get a message out to multiple people as fast as possible it's little more than an annoying notification for everyone involved. Thankfully you can leave a conversation but if you're the one sending the message and would like to avoid going the group message route while still using Facebook Messenger, MessengerMerge is a Chrome extension that can help you do just that. It lets you send a message to 16 people at once without needing to add them to a group. Read More

How To Create A Facebook Messenger Bot Without Coding [Guide]

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Facebook's Messenger chat bots are a new way for Facebook pages and apps to interact with users. They were introduced only a month ago and many chat bots have been created since. These chat bots are incredibly easy to set up requiring very little coding skills. The only thing you need to do is set up an API, something that's fairly basic. If you're a small business owner lacking the funds and the skills to do this, you can use Botsify. It's a web service that lets you set up a chat bot for your Facebook page for free. It's very easy to use and requires absolutely no coding skills whatsoever. All you need is thirty minutes and this post to walk you through the process. Read More

How To Set Facebook Messenger Chat Color Using A HEX Code Or Color Picker

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In March 2016 Facebook introduced a few new features to its Messenger app for the web and smartphones. The new features offered some customization options for chat conversations that let you set a different color for the chat bubbles, change the default emoji shortcut from the 'Like' emoji to anything else, and add a nickname for whoever you're chatting with. The color selection for chat conversations is very limited though and mostly lighter colors are offered. You can pick one of them but you can't enter a custom color. Mauf is a Chrome extension that lets you do just that. It lets you set a chat conversation color via a color picker or a HEX code. The change i.e., the new color is visible on the web and mobile phone apps for Messenger. Read More

How To Leave A Group Message Thread On LinkedIn

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LinkedIn's group conversations are one of the worst sources of spam messages on the professional networking site. A group conversation message can be initiated by anyone. Anyone included in the conversation is then free to invite other people to the conversation regardless if they are connected to other members in the group or not. There is no control over who can send messages. For a while all you could do about these conversations was mute the notifications but as of a recent update to both its web interface and mobile app, LinkedIn now lets you leave a conversation. Here's how. Read More

Send Stickers And Gifs In Facebook Messenger With A Text Command [Chrome]

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Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs and stickers for a long time now. The support spans all platforms that Messenger is available for. On both smartphones and the web app, you can search for and insert both stickers and GIFs into a conversation. Smartphones have the added advantage of being able to use third-party keyboards that are built specifically for inserting GIFs. xaoke is a Chrome extension that lets you send a GIF or a sticker via a text command inside Messenger. The GIFs are sent via Giphy. Read More