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

This Interactive Chart Uses Custom Filters To Find The Right Laptop

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Back in 2013, we reviewed an excellent service called Swogo that helped people find the perfect laptop on a budget. Since then, the service and the company itself has gone a different direction and to this day, I haven't found anything nearly as good to take its place. Apps and services do exist that help you narrow your choice in the kind of laptop you might want to buy but they fall short of what Swogo offered back in 2013. Product Comparison Chart is a web app that can finally take its place. Not only does it let you find the perfect laptop but also the perfect smartphone. Surprisingly it doesn't cater to the tablets market but we're not complaining. The app offers a rich search criteria that has plenty of filters you can customize as per your need and the results are sorted by price.You can set the RAM, CPU, Resolution, screen size, and much more. Read More

39 Best Chrome Extensions Of The Year 2014

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Extensions have long been stretching the functionality our browsers have to offer us. Branching past productivity, extensions add convenience and even customization as well as lending us a new way to interact with our favorite services. Chrome users have a very large web store to download apps and extensions from, provided you have the patience to go through the long list of them and the search feature finds something relevant for you. That said, here are the 39 best Chrome extensions we reviewed this past year. Read More

32 Best Web Apps Of The Year 2014

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Whether you use a Windows PC or a Mac, or the less popular Linux, there is one thing that knows no borders, or platform restrictions and that's the wonder world wide web. Specifically, we mean web apps that let us do so much, often for free, without ever needing to install so much as a plug-in on our systems. These web apps range from the simple ones that help us find music or a nice movie to watch over the weekend, to far more complex ones that can help us solve maths problems. Here is our round-up of the best web apps we found and reviewed in 2014. Read More

New Features In Firefox 35 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 35 was made available on the release channel yesterday and it's not a very big update. The biggest feature to come out of this update is a chat room-like interface for Firefox Hello that lets you share a link and wait for someone to join the conversation. This is definitely an improvement for the feature. The new version also puts the Firefox Marketplace in easier reach with a brand new button. On Android, the major addition is that downloads can now be tracked through Android's download manager, and a search box has been added to the network error page. There are minor other improvements with bits on offer for developers but nothing major. Read More

Remove Your Name Badge From The Top Right Corner Of Chrome

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Chrome looks different this morning. It's obviously received an update and this update comes with a nice new account manager, and a guest account feature. The new feature and the new profile manager look good, once you have them open, I'm not too wild about the profile icon changing to read my name, and that it now sits next to the minimize, maximize, and close buttons of the Chrome window. All I foresee happening to me is an increase in incidents of accidental clicks and doing things I never meant to do. On top of all this it looks terrible with the otherwise clean interface that we've loved in Chrome for so long. Dare I say it but it looks like Firefox with the Menu bar enabled. Chrome kind of fixed something that wasn't broken. It's also decided to use the profile picture associated with the Google account that's currently signed in to Chrome as the new user profile icon. However, for anyone not happy with either of these visual changes you can revert back to the old UI. Here's how. Read More

Control Your Desktop From iPhone or iPad With Chrome Remote Desktop

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Chrome is by far the most popular web browser in the world. Where it's really fast, it's also pretty simple to use and because it has such a huge market share any features it offers automatically have a large user base off the bat. A good long while back, Chrome came out with remote desktop support that would allow users to access and control other connected desktops, remotely. The connection was established through the Chrome browser. In April of last year, a Chrome Remote Desktop Android app was released so that you could connect to a computer from your tablet or phone. The same Chrome Remote Desktop has now been released for iOS and it couldn't come at a better time than when we have larger iPhones. It does not require a jailbroken device, and it's absolutely free with complete mouse and keyboard control. Here's our review. Read More

Enable And Disable ‘Seen’ Report In Google Hangouts

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I'm not entirely sure when this happened but jumping on to the bandwagon that prevents us from ignoring the people who IM us, Google has added the dreaded 'Seen' status report to Google Hangouts. When you read a message from a contact, they will know you've read it. The Chrome app, extension, Gmail Hangouts interface, and the Android app have been effected received the update. To be fair, you get proper warning of the new feature being enabled and unlike Whatsapp, Google Hangouts lets you disable it. Here's how to do that in your browser, and on your Android device. Read More

58 Top Tips & Tutorials Of The Year 2014

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This past Monday we gave you a list of the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014. To start the weekend off, and maybe give you something you might want to try over the weekend, here are the best tips and tutorials covered in 2014. Ranging from simple little tricks for your smartphone, to far more complicated tutorials or running Windows on a Mac, this list features how-tos for the Android, iOS, Windows, and the OS X platform. Read More

How To Open A Website As A Stand Alone App In Chrome

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Back in October, Google released Hangouts as a stand alone application that could run in your browser. It was made well enough and could effectively substitute the Hangouts extension we all normally use. Some online apps, and there are very few of them, can launch themselves as separate stand alone apps in Chrome. Basically, it's a web page open in a Chrome window sans any tabs. A common example is when you receive a desktop alert from Chrome for a new email, and reply to it from notification itself. Because Chrome can run a web page as s stand alone app, it begs the question, can you force it to do so for a particular app? The answer is yes, and all you need is simple switch. Read More

Check If You Need Glasses With This Online Vision Chart

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Sitting in front of a screen all day strains our eyes. Often it will lead to minor problems like red rimmed eyelids, irritated eyes, itching, or just bags large enough to hold all the groceries you bought for the week. It's a sign that you need to step away from the screen for a change or revise you work set-up to ensure its ergonomically correct. That said, since we sit quite close to our screen, the question of whether our eye-sight has grown weak or not is hard to answer, after all, everything looks pretty sharp from where we're sitting. Vision is a simple little online app that lets you do a self-check and see if your vision has grown weaker. The app checks exclusively for nearsightedness (myopia) using a standard vision chart that you would find at the ophthalmologist's office. It does not check for farsightedness (hyperopia). The app requires an internet connection and a standard web browser. If you're conducting the test by yourself, you will need a smartphone with a QR scanning app installed on it to remotely enter your answers and move to the next one. If you aren't testing by yourself and have a friend to help you out, you don't need a smartphone at all. Read More

Get A Five Second Window To Take Back An Embarrassing Facebook Post

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We've all done it at some point in our lives; whether it was in a fit of rage, the throws of passionate heartbreak, or just being plain intoxication, we've all at some point in our lives posted something on Facebook only to regret it later. It's the same with emails, tweets, and text messages and there are very few services that offer us a way to take it back, or re-think our decision. Gmail is great in that it has a delayed sending feature you can enable which waits a minute before sending the email even after you've hit the Send button. Facebook, the nucleus of our social life could do with something similar and Facebook Undo does exactly that. It's a Chrome extension that works in the background and gives you a five second countdown to reconsider posting an update after you've hit the Post button. Read More

Delete Browsing History Related To A Specific Query [Chrome]

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We all know how to delete our browsing history, and that if we're going to look up something that is likely to upset someone should they see it, there is always Incognito mode. Of course, there's still some searches that are completely harmless like when you're shopping for gifts and you don't use Incognito mode or when you accidentally watch lots of YouTube videos at work in the normal browsing mode. Now you have two choices; delete every incriminating link one by one, or delete your entire browsing history for the day. Neither are really great because one is time consuming while the other is very final in its effects. Here's how you can delete your browsing history in Chrome for a particular website, or search in under thirty seconds without needing any extensions or third-part history purging apps. Read More

Create A To-Do List And View Day, Month, & Year Time Progression [Chrome]

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It's a new year, and no doubt everyone is starting out on a positive note. New Year's resolutions should still be fresh and the usual suspects are going to be on the list; be a better person, eat healthy, exercise more, finally catch up on my email. Where many personal goals are being considered for new year resolutions, people are going to be hunting for big and small ways to make accomplishing goals easier. One simple way is of course a to-do list and if you use Chrome, Prioritab is an extension that might be just right for the occasion. It lets you add tasks and create a to-do list. Obviously there is nothing remarkable about that but the extension takes over your New Tab page. Each time you open a new tab, you will see how much of the day, the month, and the year as already passed and that is meant to serve as a kick in the pants to get to work Below this ticking time clock your tasks are listed so you know what needs to be done. Read More

Play Music From Any Folder Or Your Music Library In Firefox

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A good while back we did a post on how you can play local music in Google Chrome. Music files are just one of the many file types that can be opened, in this case played, in your browser without needing any plug-ins. Browsers aren't the most feature rich media players though so queuing files or creating playlists isn't possible. That's where add-ons come in. Local Music Player is a Firefox add-on that can read all music files in any folder or library, and queue the files to play. You can play a single track, or have the add-on play them all. The player itself is very basic and lacking loop and shuffle features. Read More

Generate Strike-Through, Upside Down, Small, & Wide Spaced Text

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Text editors, whether they're desktop apps like Word or Notepad or online apps like Google Docs are for writing simple text. MS Word supports writing subscripts and superscripts and text that's been struck out but that is as far as it goes. Strictly speaking from a productivity and effective communication point of view, all you really need is to write simple text, at the most you will need to underline it. If what you're writing isn't meant to serve a productivity related function, and you're just looking for fun ways to write text then your regular text editor won't do the trick. Here's a list of websites that you can use to quickly generate strike-through, upside-down, small subscript, and very wide spaced text. Read More

Select Which Image Will Appear When You Tweet A Link

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If you share links on Facebook and/or Google Plus, both will automatically extract the best image from the link to serve as a thumbnail or preview of what you're sharing. The image that is automatically picked is the best size to serve as a preview but you can cycle through the different images available on the link and pick a different one to serve as the preview. It's a pretty good feature that allows anyone sharing content to promote it more easily. Twitter unfortunately doesn't have anything similar and it will pick link preview thumbnails itself. Tweetshot is an amazing little service that lets you tweet a link and pick which image is used as the preview. You aren't restricted to the image appearing at the link itself; you can upload an image from your desktop (like you can on Facebook), or you can add an image from a URL. Read More

Pause And Resume Large Uploads When Transferring Files Online

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File transfer and file sharing are definitely one of the most saturated niches in the online services area. We have big names and little names in the mix; Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, Box, WeTransfer, Jumpshare, the list can go on forever. With so many services already working, any new names in this niche, and often the existing ones, will come out with features that support file sharing and make it better. Collaboration, security, syncing, and file version control are just some of the things that are offered and it's fairly hard to come up with something that hasn't already been thought of. Dropjar is a new name in this niche; it tries to tie together P2P sharing, and the pause and resume feature you have available to you when you download files using a torrent client. The service however, isn't P2P transfer and users are uploading files to the service with the ability to pause the upload any time. Once the upload is finished, the service will send the file to a pre-entered recipient's email. It will also give you a link to your file so you can share it over an instant messaging service. Read More