How To Use Reactions In Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is rolling out a new feature; reactions. If you use an iOS device, reacting to a message is something you can do in the stock Messages app. Facebook has added a similar feature to Facebook Messenger except it's using its own custom reactions. These reactions are similar to the ones you use when you react to a post in your feed. There is a 'Like' reaction and also a dislike reaction in the form of a thumbs up and a thumbs down emoji. Here's how to use reactions in Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Stop Chrome From Adding Custom Search Engines

When you repeatedly search the same website in Chrome, the browser adds it as a custom search engine. It also automatically sets a keyboard shortcut for it. All you have to do is type the first few letters of the website's name and tap the Tab key. You can then enter a search term and search the website directly. There is no need to go through the Google search page. Chrome does this to make search more efficient but if you don't like the feature there is no way to disable it. There is however an extension that can stop Chrome from adding custom search engines. It's called Don't add custom search engines. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add Bookmarks To A YouTube Video [Chrome]

We all know how bookmarks work in a web browser. We also know that bookmarks are extremely useful so what's stopping us from extending the feature to a video? YouTube is the largest online video repository in the world. It features content that is both entertaining and educational. The YouTube player is surprisingly simple; you can get a link to a specific time in a video but you can't bookmark a position in it. At best, YouTube can remember where you left off when you were watching a video and resume playback. Youtube Bookmarker is a Chrome extension that lets you add bookmarks to a YouTube video. All bookrmarks can be accessed when you visit the video. The extension maintains a list of all video you've added a bookmark to. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Set Up An Email Signature, Mobile & Personal Computer

As soon as humans discovered writing, they invented signatures. The purpose being the identification of the author and possibly a return address. This tradition carried over to emails as well; more out of tradition than necessity people set up email signatures. With the passage of time though, those signatures have grown to have a real purpose. An email signature can convey additional information in terms of job title, a phone number, social media profile links, and even a personal website. Here's how you can set up an email signature on your iPhone, Android Phone, Windows PC, and macOS. Read More

How To Loop YouTube Videos And Playlists On The Chromecast

Google owns YouTube which means YouTube has the best Chromecast support you can imagine. No other video streaming service, or its app, comes close. That said, Google has odd restrictions for casting YouTube videos to the Chromecast. You can cast a single video or an entire playlist. You can even create a queue of videos to cast to the Chromecast. What you can't do is loop Youtube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. When a video ends, or a playlist ends, the Chromecast will not play it again from the start. There is no setting on YouTube that you can tinker with to loop YouTube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. The good news is there is a work around. It has one limitation; it only works from your desktop. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

All browsers have a neat export feature for bookmarks. You can export your saved bookmarks to an HTML or XML file from your browser. You can import the file in any browser. As far as bookmarks go, browsers tend to play nice with each other. Browsers have reasonably well equipped bookmarks managers, for the most part. If a browser's bookmarks manager is missing a feature, an extension or an add-on will likely make up for it. This is true in most cases but there will be exceptions. For example, you can't export a single bookmarks folder. You have to export them all, or nothing. Likewise, you can only import all bookmarks saved in an HTML or XML file, and not just select ones. There is no extension or add-on that fills this gap so we have to make use of a work-around. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Go Live On Facebook From Your Desktop And Phone

You can broadcast live from your Facebook account. This feature has been around for about a year but only for smartphone users. Facebook pages had the option to go live from the desktop but ordinary users didn't. Facebook has now expanded the Go Live feature so that everyone can go  live from their desktop. The feature works from your news feed and profile. If you've ever gone live from your phone, the learning curve will be a small one. The major advantage of being able to go live on Facebook from your desktop is that you can connect with an external, better quality, camera. Here's how you can go live on Facebook. Read More

How To Turn Off Tabbed Posts On Facebook

Facebook has added a new feature to its web interface; tabbed posts. A tabbed post is basically a pop-up that appears on Facebook. The pop-up shows you a post that you're following. It appears whenever there is new activity on the post. You do not have to click the notification for the new activity to get the tab to appear. It appends next to the chat window and you can close or minimize it. The tabbed post makes it so you can check out and respond to new activity on a post without leaving your news feed. The feature is enabled automatically and you might not like it much. Here's how you can turn off tabbed posts on Facebook. Read More

How To Mute Keywords And Filter Eggs On Twitter

Twitter has long had an abuse problem. Anytime something remotely controversial starts to trend, dozens of new accounts aka 'Egg accounts' or 'eggs' pop up. They don't contribute much to any conversation and are more or less trolls. Then there are legitimate accounts that behave like trolls. Over the past years, this has become a serious problem for the company and those who use Twitter. To fight this, Twitter has introduced muting features and filters. You can mute tweets and accounts that send tweets  containing certain words from appearing. Likewise, you can filter out notifications from eggs i.e., accounts that have the default egg profile photo. Here's how you can mute keywords and filter eggs on Twitter. Read More

How To Upload Files To Dropbox From Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger bots were insanely popular when they were first announced. News and media pages were quick to create a dedicated Messenger bot for their page and website. Quite a few other services joined in. The aim was to let users interact with a service from inside the Messenger app. A user didn't have to leave the app to get directions, restaurant recommendations, or transit times. The hype has died down but every once in a while, someone develops a truly awesome Messenger bot that's worth writing home about. Alfredo is a Messenger bot that lets you upload files to Dropbox from Facebook Messenger. It works on both the web interface and the mobile apps. Read More

How To Find Newly Added Content On Netflix

Netflix gets new content every month. If a very popular movie or TV show is coming to Netflix, you will likely hear about it online. Websites run a monthly list of content arriving and leaving Netflix. Unfortunately, they don't make those lists on a per-country basis. Netflix restricts content by region. A lot of the shows and movies you think are coming to Netflix are not available in your particular country. If you get excited for an upcoming TV show or movie only to find out it isn't available in your country, you will want a better way to find newly added content on Netlflix. It turns out there is an official page where you can view newly added content on Netflix. It updates weekly. There's also a website that has a list of newly added content on Netflix that updates daily. Read More

How To Always Open YouTube Videos In Theater Mode

YouTube introduced theater mode a few years ago. Theater mode pushes the suggested videos below the video player. The video player itself sits on a nice black background. It is without a doubt, the better viewing experience. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't remember which viewing mode you prefer. Regardless if you're signed in or signed out, YouTube will always default to the regular viewing mode. You have to click the theater mode button on the video player every single time. YouTube doesn't have a work around for this but, there are add-ons and extensions that make it so you always open YouTube videos in theater mode. Read More

How To Check If A Job Description Is Discriminatory [Chrome]

Job titles in tech are pretty creative; companies hire wizards, gurus, and the occasional hackers to develop products. The job titles are no doubt meant to excite and encourage potential employees to apply. This appears to have caught on in other industries as well. There isn't anything wrong with it unless the job title becomes too vague. With jobs, it's not just titles that can be vague. At times, job descriptions suffer the same fate. They are either too vague or outright discriminatory. For anyone unfamiliar with what red flags to look for, Joblint is a Chrome extension worth checking out. It lets you check if a job description is discriminatory or not. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Insert Notes From Google Keep In Google Docs

Google has integrated Google Keep in Google Docs. This update is available for the G Suite of apps. For now, regular Google account users will not be able to see it. If you like Google Keep and use it at work, you can now insert notes from Google Keep in Google Docs through a dedicated panel. Your notes and documents all sync to Google Drive and this feature makes it easier to work with both. You no longer have to switch between apps, and you can create notes in Google Keep that are linked to a specific document. Here's how you can insert notes from Google Keep in Google Docs. Read More

How To Disable Click To Load Tabs In Firefox

Web browsers can automatically open the last tabs you were browsing. You have to change your browser's start settings to enable this feature. If you've set your browser to always open a specific website i.e. your home page, or you've set it to always open a blank tab, the browser will not load tabs from your previous session. Both Firefox and Chrome support this session restore feature but Firefox adds something extra. If you've set Firefox to open tabs from your previous session, it will do so. It will, however, not load the tabs until you actually visit them. Firefox does this to prevent slow startup. It's better to load just the one tab you want to use right away and postpone the others until you visit them. This feature is called click to load tabs. Here's how you can disable click to load tabs in Firefox. Read More

How To Create A Quick YouTube Playlist In Chrome

You can create playlists on YouTube but some conditions apply. For one, you have to sign into YouTube. If you don't sign into YouTube, the playlist feature will not be available. When you're creating a playlist, you have to add the videos one by one. For each video you want to add, you have to open it and click the 'Add To' option under the video's description. That is three clicks per video for the playlist you want to create. The good news is, if you use Chrome, you can create a quick YouTube playlist using TubeLister. It's a Chrome extension that will add all open YouTube videos to a new playlist. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Check If A Website Is Affected By CloudBleed

CloudBleed is a new vulnerability that effects CloudFlare. CloudFare is a content delivery network and security provided that is the backbone of some very large, big name websites. This new vulnerability has made it possible for sensitive information; passwords, encrypted keys, and more. A simple Google search will not bring up this leaked information. As with any security breach, the standard protocol is to change your password immediately. The leak has bee patched but it has affected quite a few websites. Cloudbleed Indicator is a Chrome extension that alerts you when you visit a website affected by the vulnerability of the same name. CloudBleed is a Firefox add-on and Chrome Extension that can search your history and your bookmarks for affected websites. Here's how to check if a website is affected by CloudBleed. Read More

How To Snooze Tabs In Firefox

Mozilla develops experimental features for Firefox. A user running the stable version of Firefox can test these experimental features out by installing the Test Pilot add-on. A new experimental feature called Snooze tabs has been added via the Test Pilot add-on and it lets you postpone when you browse a tab. A snoozed tab is a tab that you can dismiss until later. You can select a time and date for when the tab will open next. Here's how you can snooze tabs in Firefox. Read More

How To Transform A URL Into An Emoji Link

Emoji domains are now a thing. Instead of a URL, an emoji domain will have several frowny faces that you will enter in the address bar to open a website. At the back end you still have a series of numbers that direct you to the website. The emoji are a mask for it making a domain name easier to remember. Domain owners are the ones who have to register an emoji domain. You, as an end user, can't impact this in anyway. However, if you like emoji in your URL, you can use Linkmoji to transform a URL into an Emoji link. Read More

How To View Tabs In Full Screen Mode In Chrome

You can go full screen in any Chrome tab. The full screen feature isn't limited to just media i.e. videos. If you're using a web app to type, using it in full screen will help avoid distractions. The full screen mode hides all tabs that you have open in the same Chrome window. The Taskbar/Dock disappear as well though you might still get alerts from apps. Tab Revolution is a Chrome extension that lets you view tabs in full screen mode. The tabs appear when you move your mouse to the top of the screen. You can click a tab to switch to it. Read More