How To Embed The Audio From A YouTube Video

Embedding a YouTube video is pretty easy. The share options at the bottom of a video give you the HTML code you need to embed the video on your website. YouTube has quite a few share options but all of them are for sharing the video. This makes sense given YouTube is after all a video hosting website. That said, a lot of content on YouTube is plain audio. Many videos are all audio with unrelated images to fill in for the 'video' part of it. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't let you share or embed just the audio of a video. You have to include the video as well. If you're willing to look past the official share and embed options provided by YouTube, there's a simple way to embed just the audio of a video. The solution comes from Amit Agarwal in the form of a bit of code you can modify. It relies on the YouTube Javascript API that he has made available on Github. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Get Keyboard Shortcuts For The TwitchTV Player [Firefox]

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The TwitchTV player is an HTML5 player with basic media controls. You can play/pause the stream, go full screen, control the volume, enter theater mode, and select playback quality. There's also a neat little feature to capture a particularly impressive moment in a Twitch stream. Despite the Twitch player covering the basics of a reasonable media player, it still lacks one essential thing; keyboard shortcuts. Twitch Video Control is a Firefox add-on that enables keyboard shortcuts for the TwitchTV player. 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

How To Identify An Unknown Symbol By Drawing It

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Keyboards let you type the commonly used symbols such as the '@' and '&' symbol. These symbols are so common, everyone knows what they're called. The same can't be said for lesser known symbols such as statistical symbols. Not only are their names harder to remember, they are also are harder to type. Word processing apps like MS Word make these symbol easier to type via an insert menu. The menu has a list of symbols that you can browse and then insert from. For apps that don't allow this, e.g. your browser which supports simple text input, inserting a statistical symbol is a bit harder. If you don't know what a symbol is called, it will be all the more difficult for you to type it. Mausr is a little web app that simplifies this. All you have to do is draw the symbol and it will identify it. Read More

Google ‘Speed Test’ To Test Your Internet Speed From The Google Search Page

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The Google search home page does quite a few tricks. Type in 'Atari break out' in Google image search or 'Do a barrel roll' on the search home page and you can see two of the most popular Google Easter eggs in action. The search page isn't all games and quirks though. It can do lots of other things like perform unit, time, and currency conversations. You can also get the weather for your current location and look up the pronunciation of a word. The results are all displayed in a card on the Google Search page negating the need to click on and open a link. Another neat trick the Google search page can do is test your internet speed. Simply type 'Speed Test' in the search box and hit enter. Read More

How To Reset Auto Open Settings For Downloaded Files In Chrome

When Chrome downloads files, it will check if the file could be dangerous. Often, it will flag EXE and even ZIP files when you try to download them. You have to then give explicit permission to download the file. Likewise, for trusted file types that you download, you have the option to open them automatically. You can set Chrome to automatically open a PDF, PNG, or JPG file the second it finishes downloading. The file opens in an external app, i.e. the default app for that file type on your system. If you'd like to disable auto opening for a particular file type or for all file types, there's a fairly easy method to it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Block All Mention Of The US 2016 Elections From Your Twitter Feed [Chrome]

The US 2016 presidential elections have been very heated. Some of the candidates that are currently running are often at the center of one controversial statement or the other. We'd say more but Season 20 of South Park will probably say it better. Everything to do with this election seems to turn into a loud heated argument that is bound to lose you friends. If you're sick of the constant stream of people and news outlets discussing the upcoming US elections then Make Twitter Great Again is a Chrome extension you should check out. It hides all US 2016 election tweets from your timeline. The tweets still appear but the text is all replaced with the place holder sentence, 'This text is about USA election 2016'. Read More

How To Watch Movies In Your Google Drive On The Chromecast

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Every Google product, whether it's for the web or for Android, supports Chromecast. Android has system wide support for the Chromecast and you can cast your entire screen to your TV or monitor. The Chrome browser has casting support built in as well so that you don't even need the dedicated Google Cast extension to cast your desktop or a Chrome tab. It's therefore surprising that Google Drive for Android lacks Chromecast support. If you have movies stored in your Google Drive, you can't cast them from inside the app. There are plenty of alternatives of course; you can use apps that can read data from a cloud drive and cast it to your Chromecast. You will of course experience considerable lag if you do so. A much simpler solution is to use the Photos apps instead which supports Chromecast. Read More

Create And Share Your Own Message Via The Stranger Things Letter Wall

Stranger Things is a hit Netflix series that is just one season in and possibly one of the best modern sci-fi shows you can watch. We're not going to give away any spoilers for the show if you're still watching the first season so it's safe to continue reading. There's a pretty awesome scene in Stranger Things episode 3 where a wall is painted with letters and Christmas lights are strung atop of them. The lights and letters are used to spell out a message one letter at a time. It's pretty awesome and Netflix has released a little web app that lets you create your very own letter wall message to share as a GIF. Read More

How To Send Downloads From Firefox To An External App

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Modern browsers have basic download managers built into them. They may not be feature rich but they get the job done. That said, people often use dedicated download manager apps as opposed to the built in download manager in their browser. If you use Firefox to browser the web but prefer to use a different app to handle downloads, Download with is a free Firefox add-on you should check out. It lets you send any download to your preferred app from the 'Save' prompt. You can send the download to a download manager, a torrent client, or even a different browser like Chrome. Read More

Disable The CSS On AskReddit To Get Around The Bot Username Prank

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The mods of popular subreddit AskReddit are playing a rather amusing prank at the moment. Every single post and comment appears to have been posted by the same user 'bot'. It's likely a prank that's based on helpful yet often times confused Reddit bots that join a conversation thread. The prank is pretty harmless and if you go to any other subreddit or if you go to the front page, your username and that of other users will appear as it is. If you're having trouble following conversations as  result of this prank, the solution is pretty simple; disable the CSS on the subreddit. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Tab Specific Zoom Levels In Chrome

Chrome has a zoom feature that applies to all tabs you've got open. It's universally applied to all tabs from the same domain that you have open. Once you've zoomed in on a page and you can't zoom in on a per-tab basis. This is problematic for users who might need to zoom in on certain pages that are difficult to read but not on others. Some users selectively use zoom because they have a visual impairment while some websites make it necessary to use because they are designed poorly. It is, therefore, annoying when you have to zoom in all tabs from a particular domain instead of just the one you need. To remedy this, you can use a Chrome extension called W Zoom that lets you set zoom levels in Chrome on a per-tab basis. Read More

How To Cast A Video From Facebook To Chromecast

YouTube is where some of the best videos live but Facebook is where lower quality bootlegged versions of them are uploaded. Jokes and copyright infringement aside, Facebook has a lot of video content. It might pale in comparison to YouTube but that still doesn't mean you can rule it out as a place to watch videos. Lots of pages run solely by sharing videos and some pages like Mental Floss are actually fun to watch. If you've got a Chromecast hooked up at home, you can even cast a Facebook video to your Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Get A Direct Download Link For A File In Office 365 Document

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Office 365 for business allows users under a single subscription to share documents with anyone who isn't covered under the same license as you. The feature is built for sharing documents with someone outside your company and is called guest sharing. While guest sharing is possible, it only allows users to view a document and not download it. Users certainly can't open it in an Office app on their desktop. The restrictions are there so that your business has control over who can access and view a document. As yet, direct link sharing which allows a user to simply download a copy of a file isn't possible. If you want to share a direct download link to an Office 365 document, you're going to have to make a slight change to the guest sharing URL you get. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Import/Export Playlists & Tracks From One Spotify Account To Another

Spotify has been around for quite some time now. As far as music streaming services go, it's one of the bigger names in the market that's been able to hold out against Tidal and even Apple Music. Like any modern-day music service, it lets you create playlists but it falls oddly short when it comes to importing or exporting playlists. Realistically, you aren't going to be able to export a playlist from Spotify to Windows Media Player or iTunes. It's not for a lack of mechanism but more because it's impractical. You might need to export your playlist from one account to another, perhaps when you want to share it with a friend. You might also want to back it up, just in case. At best, you can select and save links to individual tracks in a Spotify playlist in a text file. SpotMyBackup is a free web app that lets you export and import playlists and tracks between two Spotify accounts. It acts as an intermediary responsible for exporting everything to a JSON file, and later importing it. Here's how it works. Read More

Automatically Copy Selected Text To Your Clipboard [Firefox]

Copy/pasting text between apps is something we take for granted. It's a very basic function of any OS and the clipboard can be used to copy and paste text, images, files, and folders. Regardless of what you want to copy, the process is the same; select it, hit Ctrl+C or use the 'Copy' function from the right-click context menu, switch to the app/location you want to paste to, and hit Ctrl+V or use the Paste function from the context menu. It doesn't really get any simpler. AutocopySelection2Clipboard is a Firefox add-on that eliminates the need to use the 'Ctrl+C' keyboard shortcut when copying text. The add-on automatically copies selected text to your clipboard so that you need only paste it and not copy it manually reducing the whole process by one step. Read More

How To Get The Backspace Shortcut To Work Again In Chrome

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Chrome updates are subtle and rarely a cause for alarm. The browser has undergone very few changes that are noticeable for an end user but as of version 52, it has disabled the backspace key's 'go back to previous page' function. In older versions of the browser, you could hit the backspace key and return to the previous link/page you navigated from to the current one. It worked on almost all pages with some exceptions such as the Google search engine page where the search bar was automatically focused. With the functionality removed and users upset by it, Google has released an extension for Chrome called Go Back With Backspace. Install it to get the backspace button working like it did before or use the 'back' keyboard shortcut or buttons instead. If you aren't in the mood to use an extension, you can also use a switch. Read More

How To Find A Perfectly Contrasting Color For Any Color Of Your Choice

Good design isn't just about cleverly positioned text, minimal icons, or using blank space. It's also about using the right colors. A well designed website, business card, poster, or icon might look terrible simply because the colors used in it clash to make it difficult to read or even look at. This is where it is important to make sure you have used contrasting colors. Contrasting colors can make everything look much better than it really is. Think back to any movie you might have seen recently and you will notice that it has a blue/orange tint to it. It's added post production to make everything look better. Movies like Mad Max use it very well to show how wonderful contrast can be. If you have difficulty finding the perfect contrasting colors, use Hello Color to find them for you. It's a very simple web app that lets you input any color and gives you a perfectly contrasting one in return. Read More

How To Identify And Highlight An Ad In Your Facebook News Feed

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Facebook earns revenue from ads and users, people in general, don't like ads. Users push back with ad-blockers which cut into Facebook's revenues. Facebook has now started pushing back against ad-blockers making it so they don't work anymore. Facebook is also working on making ads indistinguishable from regular posts. What this will ultimately result in is content appearing in your News Feed that you think was shared by a friend or a page you follow, when it is in fact an ad. This is more or less Season 19 of South Park with the 'hidden ads' in action. Facebook Ad Highlighter is a Chrome extension that highlights these clever ads in your News Feed and helps you tell the difference between a real post and something that is being pushed on to you because you fit a certain demographic. Read More

Download Files And Copy File Content From A Github Repository With One Click [Chrome]

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Github is the most popular way developers share code and collaborate on their projects. A lot of apps that are made open source by developers so that they are available to everyone are hosted on Github. End users can simply download the release version of an app and curious developers can take a look at the code. Github lets you view code files without needing to download them and it also lets you download individual files as well as entire repositories. If you want a faster way to download a single file, or the contents of a single file, Github Plus is a Chrome extension you might find exceptionally useful. It adds download and copy file buttons to Github's interface making these oft used actions much easier to execute. Read More