Resume A Failed Chrome Download From Where It Left Off [Tutorial]

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I'm overly cautious about download managers, especially the ones that try to get me to install a hundred other things during installation. Add to that the number of horror stories you read about malware, compromised data, security leaks, and whatnot, and I prefer to use my Chrome's download manager. This comes with a serious disadvantage though; if a download fails, I can't resume it. If it was something small, I won't mind downloading it fresh but for a sizeable download, this can be a problem. A very frustrating one at that. Naturally, anyone in my position will want a work around so here is a simple way to resume a failed download. You will need Firefox installed as the resumed download will be completed in Firefox. Read More

ChooseMyPC Helps You Find Parts To Build Your Budget PC

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Tablets and laptops are exceptionally powerful today right off the shelf. PCs aren't exactly a dying breed but there isn't much contrast between a laptop and a PC in terms of power. That doesn't mean PCs are going the way of the dinosaurs. Avid gamers often build powerful PCs themselves with special attention to comfort, layout, heating, cooling, and ventilation. Now if you're interested in building a PC but have no idea what to buy and are on a budget, ChooseMyPC is an excellent place to start. It's a very simple app that asks you to set your budget, select which country you're in (only four supported at the moment), and whether or not you plan to overclock your system. The app will give you a complete list of parts to buy and you can add other parts to the PC such as an optical drive. The list of parts updates but keeps you under or on budget. Read More

3 Subtle Changes Google Made To Chrome In Recent Updates

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We don't cover Google Chrome updates and new versions as regularly as we do for Firefox. Possibly because version numbers are far less relevant with Chrome. But every once in a while you do get a change and I'm just going with this quote from X-Men here to explain it best; "This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward". Chrome is known for its very minimal interface and just how perfectly executed it is. Firefox, after numerous updates has finally caught up but open a Firefox window and hit the Alt key, all those old menus return for a few seconds. With Chrome, the interface is so minimal that changes are hard to make, and even harder to spot. That said, here are three changes that were made to Chrome over the past few updates. Read More

3 Tools To Create And Embed Graphs Or Charts Online

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Nothing beats a good graphical representation of data. You can sit and write a very well-worded explanation of what a data set represents but if you don't have a nice graph to show the overall t rend, you may have written in vain. As far as desktop apps are concerned, you have excellent options like  iWork for Mac, Office Libre for Linux, and MS Office for Windows. These are all desktop solutions that can be used to create great charts for documents and presentations. With online publishing, presenting charts is different; you can use a graph created and exported from a desktop app, or you can use the many online tools that have been created for presenting better graphs to an online audience. Here are three free tools that do just that and come with an embed feature. Read More

Pictacular: Browse Instagram In A Pinterest Like Layout

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When Instagram finally rolled out a web interface, the world rejoiced. And very soon, it wasn't a big deal any more, possibly because the web interface has always felt like an obligatory sort of product. Instagram certainly doesn't see much purpose behind it because no one is going to take and upload photos from their desktop. Instagram has life on our phones and is little more than place holder text when it comes to the desktop. I've personally never used the web interface much simply because there isn't any point but Pictacular not only makes it infinitely better to view photos on Instagram but also makes it so you enjoy browsing photos. It's a simple little web app that you connect your Instagram account to. In turn you can view your photo feed, save your hashtag searches, and browse photos in popular categories like food, tech, and brands. Read More

3 Ways To Download Subtitles From A YouTube Video

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You'd be surprised how useful people find subtitles to be. Many might think subtitles at the bottom of the screen can ruin your movie watching experience but some people genuinely benefit from them. For some it's a better viewing experience, for non-native speakers of a particular language subtitles can serve as a good learning tool, and anyone with a hearing impairment can watch movies without any trouble. If you're watching a DVD or a Blu-Ray, getting subtitles is no problem. A simple Google search will help you find millions of resources for movie subtitles. Now imagine you wanted to download subtitles of an instructional YouTube video and you will find you have far fewer options. Here are three ways to extract subtitles from a YouTube video. Read More

Calculate Your Risk Of Heart Disease With KnowYour4

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Heart failure is one of biggest causes of death and with any health risk, it's never too early to start living and eating better. For a lot of people, the kick to start improving their health doesn't come in until a real scare. That said, if you want to know just how much you are at risk of hearth failure, KnowYour4 is a little web app that tells you just that. It works in two modes; one relies on certain figures taken from a complete blood picture and is more accurate, the other relies on data like weight and blood pressure to assess your risk and is considerably less accurate than the first. It measures your current risk with the average risk rate and tells you what's off. Read More

Thin Bookmarks Lets You Customize The Bookmarks Bar [Firefox]

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We've covered a lot of extensions and add-ons that help manage bookmarks and there is a healthy number of options available for anyone wanting to save bookmarks online if you prefer to have your bookmarks wherever you go. What we haven't covered much is a way to customize the existing bookmarks toolbar in our browsers. On reflection, I realize just how rare those are. Given how much users love to customize their browsers, it's strange for this particular and very frequently used feature to not have received much attention in terms of appearance. Thin Bookmarks is a Firefox add-on that lets you customize the appearance of the bookmarks bar; you can manage its height, hide either the icon or title of a bookmark and/or a folder, manage padding around a bookmark, enable scrollbars for scrolling through a list of bookmarks, and hide the 'Open all in tabs' entry. Read More

ColourCode: Create Analog, Monochrome, Triad, And Quad Color Schemes

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Adobe Kuler is one of my favorite mobile apps for two very simple reasons; it saves me the trouble of finding the right color for a theme and lets me just point to a picture that I like, and because it can create color schemes with a large number of variants. ColourCode is a web app that is my new favorite for creating color themes. It has seven different variations that it can create a theme from any base color that you select. The theme can be downloaded as an SCSS, LESS, or PNG file. Alternatively, you can also get a permalink to a theme and share it with anyone. There is no sign up required and the app is absolutely free. Read More

Understanding Facebook Friends’ Lists And Your Privacy

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Facebook has become such an important part of social life that a Facebook snub can ruin friendships and relationships. There was a time when we questioned if we should add our boss or a colleague on Facebook but no one stops to ask that any more. Fortunately, Facebook gives us a pretty great way to manage our privacy without it appearing that we've snubbed anyone; lists. Lists are your way of keeping track of how you know people and managing what they can see but what are you doing when you add someone to the 'Restricted list? We take a look at Facebook lists and what they are for in this post. Read More

New Features In Firefox 33 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 33 is out for both Desktop and Android. You should be prompted to upgrade the next time you launch it and if you're a developer, you might want to upgrade right now. This latest instalment is a treat for developers with two new noteworthy features; a media sidebar in the Style editor and a paint flashing tool. End users will want to upgrade for the improved search functions and the more reliable session restore feature. Firefox for Android is also supporting the new Paint Flash tool for developers. For End users the new option to delete data when you quit the app is very promising as is the ability to stream video content to Chromecast and Roku.

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Facebook Adds Stickers In Comments; This Extension Gets Rid Of Them

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Facebook has just rolled out a new feature; you can now use stickers in Comments. From what little exploring we've done, the feature works on posts by individuals and not yet on posts by pages. If you're wondering what these 'Stickers' are they are emoticons you can use in Facebook chat in addition to the normal smiley faces that you've grown familiar with. They feature popular characters like the Power Rangers and Pusheen. Like every new feature introduced by Facebook, we will naturally feel duty-bound to criticize this one. Thoughts like, 'What will my news feed look like now?' come to mind. Considering Facebook won't support GIFs, this is a fairly good feature. If you aren't too stoked about it though, there is a way to hide stickers from your comments: a Chrome and Firefox extension called Unsticker Me. The extension removes the cartoonish imprint and replaces it with just this text [Sticker] so you know what comment was posted by someone but don't actually have to look at it. Read More

Photoshopped or Not? Three Ways To Tell If An Image Is Real Or Fake

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We live in a world where everyone has a camera touting smartphone. Kids are learning to photograph from a very early age and as they get older, they also learn to use Photoshop. Photoshop was at one time a sophisticated image editing tool still used extensively by designers. Today it has become both a verb and a tool to make up miracles and appear more physically appealing in photos. To put it bluntly, there are a lot of fake photos out there and Photoshop is the go-to tool used to create them. A few things are given; photos in magazines are always photoshopped. They're made brighter or darker to suit their purpose among other changes but how do you tell if a photo has been tampered with if it isn't in a magazine? Here are three very simple ways to check the integrity of a photo. Read More

Use Google Hangouts As A Stand-Alone Chrome Desktop App

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Google Hangouts replaced Gmail Chat and Gtalk a good while back. The Hangouts Chrome extension is what we use now in place of both though you can still chat inside Gmail even if you don't have the Hangouts extension installed. You can also find Gtalk on certain file hosting sites and use your Google account to sign in but Hangouts is now the face of Google's cat service. If you still want to use Hangouts as a desktop app complete with all its features, there's good news for Chrome users; Google has released a Chrome Desktop App for Hangouts. Our very first observation is that it is a bit Material Design-ish to look at with the floating button on the desktop but let's get a little deeper. Read More

What Is GIFV And What Does It Mean For You

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The Internet, and particularly the blogspher is talking about Imgur and the GIFV project. To the ordinary person who is fond of browsing r/gifs, or the Imgur gallery, this mean better quality GIFs but for people who create and upload these GIFs it is a much bigger deal. If you want to read about all the benefits of GIFV, we suggest you read the original Imgur post on the topic. For our part, we've simplified what GIFV is for you below. Read More

4 Free Tools To Create High Quality Animated GIFs

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Yesterday, Imgur users were all fixated on Project GIFV. Imgur is now supporting bigger GIF files and it turns out they play much faster, much smoother, and are a better quality altogether. I'm guessing the people at Imgur realized how crazy its user-base is about GIFs and decided to give them something to really go nuts about. Now that you have the means to share bigger, better GIFs using the most popular image sharing service, the only question that remains is, how do go about creating a super high quality GIF? Here are four tools that let you create great GIFs from your desktop, using online videos, images on your computer, or your webcam. Read More

Sortd Gives You A List Based Interface To Organize Emails [Chrome]

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We will never stop looking for new and better ways to manage our email. We have everything from folders, tags, email rules, sophisticated desktop email clients, to color coded labels and yet email is still a formidable part of everyday life. Sortd Smart Skin for Gmail is a Chrome extension that takes a rather fresh approach to email management; the lists approach. It lets you sort emails into lists and  comes with pre-added lists for 'To-Do', 'Follow Up', and 'List 1'. Of course users can add their own lists and duly sort their emails to them. Sortd is currently in Beta however, they are accepting new users daily. Read More

Automatically Mute The Audio Playing In All Inactive Tabs In Chrome

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One of the recent versions of Chrome added something absolutely wonderful to the browser; a sound indicator in the tab that tells you which tab is playing any sort of audio. This feature doesn't just work for YouTube videos or other embedded media players but also for those annoying video ads that play on their own making it very easy to identify the guilty tab. Mute Inactive Tabs is a Chrome extension that does something equally helpful in this regard; it mutes a tab playing any sound if it is inactive. Read More

Sticky Notes Collector: Sync Website Specific Notes Across Computers [Chrome]

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Note taking apps or rather note taking extensions are both abundant and popular. Some have web services working at the back end while others store notes on your local drive. Sticky Notes Collector is a Chrome extension that lets you take notes and saves them on your local drive. The extension has a dashboard and each note you take is assigned a color when it is created. The colors help categorize the notes and clicking a note opens the website it was created on. The note is duly loaded on the site. While the extension stores notes online, it also gives you the option to sync them across different computers with your Google account. Read More

Panel Tabs: Separate Any Chrome Tab Into A Floating Panel

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Tabbed browsing is one of the greatest things to ever happen to internet browsers apart from development of Chrome and Firefox, of course. I wouldn't give my tabs up for anything, and all fifty of the ones I have open at the moment are special. That being said, I'd love an easier way to find an important or frequently visited tabs from the many that I have open. Panel Tabs is a Chrome extension that works with the experimental 'Panel' feature and it lets you separate any tab into a floating panel much like the one that Hangouts appears in with the added benefit that you can drag the panel to anywhere on the screen. Read More