This Search Engine Can Find Any Calvin & Hobbes Comic Based On Keyword

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Calvin & Hobbes are possibly one of the most famous comic strips to run ever and easily stack up well against other popular names like the Peanuts strip. Calvin & Hobbes are of course not just limited to running in newspapers. The many strips and stories have been compiled in book form and make for great reading if you have kids. That said, if you've got a favorite strip from this title but can't find it anywhere, there's a nifty little search engine that will let you look up any strip with a simple keyword search. Not only can you read the strip from the results but you can also see if it's ever been included in a book title. Read More

Customize What Page Or Website The Chrome Home Button Opens

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Chrome has a Home button. I don't know why it has this button since its purpose by default is to open the New Tab page which is pretty easy to do with a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+T) or with the new tab button that sits comfortably next to the open tabs. Unless you like using it for reasons of your own, the button is more or less just there because browsers have always had a home button. That said, Google and the team behind Chrome isn't one to comply with convention so the Home button it makes sure you have an alternative. The home button doesn't have to always point to the New Tab page. You can have it open any one website of your choice, without even needing an extension. Read More

New Features In Firefox 36 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 36 is out and this version is easily one of the least exciting versions ever released if you're an end user. It's got bug fixes and the usual security improvements but little else. The one major security improvement is that the HTTP/2 protocol is now fully supported. It has been implemented for both the desktop and Android versions of Firefox. The mobile version has also gotten a new tablet interface. The desktop version will now sync tiles for frequently visited web sites that appear on the new tab page across devices. For mobile users running Android Lollipop, Maithili language is now supported, and for desktop users support for the Uzbek language has been added. Read More

Find What Regional Restrictions Have Been Applied To A YouTube Video

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The internet is for everyone unless you live in the wrong part of the world in which case not all of it is for you. Copyright among many other things results in online content being restricted geographically. A very obvious example is Hulu which limits its services to the USA and understandably so. YouTube also allows users to restrict the content they upload to certain geographical areas. Sometimes these restrictions don't make sense especially when you're residing in the United Kingdom and can't see a video uploaded by the BBC. That said, there are plenty of ways to circumvent these YouTube restrictions but before you go looking for a proxy tool, it would help to know which regions a YouTube video is restricted in. YouTube Region Restriction Checker is a simple tool that tells you just that. Read More

Stop GIFs From Playing Until They’ve Fully Loaded [Chrome]

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The internet has a love-hate relationship with GIFs; we can't wait for them to load and the longer they take, or the more they lag when playing the angrier we get. On the other hand, one good GIF can say what a thousand well-thought out comments cannot. It's safe to say that Imgur is the only one that understands our needs for great GIFs but even with its new GIFV format, users still experience that dreadful load delay and the choppy playback that is a result of a file still loading. Gif Delayer is a Chrome extension that stops a GIF image from showing until it is fully loaded. Meant specifically for users who are not willing to wait a few seconds for it to finish loading, the extension doesn't speed up the loading time but makes for a less frustrating experience. Read More

Search Bookmarks From The Chrome URL Bar Without An Extension

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Chrome's URL bar, or rather the OmniBar as it's called is more than just a search bar or a simple URL bar. When you type anything in the URL bar it searches your history as well as your bookmarks. That's why it's the Omnibar. That said, if you want to exclusively search your bookmarks you have to go to the bookmarks manager or go through the folders on the bookmarks bar. An alternative is to perhaps use an extension that will let you search bookmarks or, you can add bookmarks as a search engine in Chrome and get it done without needing an extension. Here's how. Read More

SHINE For Reddit Is A Skin That Focuses Solely On The Content [Chrome]

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Reddit doesn't go through a lot of design changes. In fact, ever since I started browsing it, it hasn't made a single noticeable change to its interface. To some Reddit's interface isn't bad. It's pretty basic and text based which means pages will load faster. That said, it's not the prettiest thing to look at and even if you were to keep things completely text based, you can have something that is far more appealing. Just look at how the folks at ProductHunt do it. SHINE For Reddit is a Chrome extension that acts as a skin for Reddit. Each time you launch the site, it modifies the interface to give you a flat clean interface that makes it easier to distinguish posts. The interface uses icons to indicate the submission type and will let you open links in a panel on the same page, among other things. It supports list and grid layout and will also let you add sub-reddits that you want to follow without needing an account. Read More

Enable A Native Mute Button For Chrome Tabs

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A few months back, a Chrome update added a speaker icon that would appear on all tabs that were playing audio. The new addition is great since a lot of sites run ads that are in fact videos, with sound. The ads are sometimes hidden very well at the bottom of the page and you would end up searching forever without that helpful indicator to guide you. It makes life pretty easy but it's more than just a useful badge added to your tab; it actually has a function, albeit an experimental one. The speaker icon can work as a mute button if you enable a flag on Chrome. Here's how. Read More

Check Username Availability On Any Social Network

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I've seen some of the most creative usernames on Reddit, a site that is principally meant to be used anonymously, unless you're already a celebrity and doing an AMA. Creating a username on Reddit isn't too hard and you can play around with just about anything until you get something that is available. The same can't be said for other social networks where if you decide to use a crazy name, people are more likely to be wary of you then to appreciate it. Words like pizza, apple sauce, and banana can't exactly be used to make new friends. Usernames are turning into a sort of depleting resource and you often have to sit through several sign up attempts or struggle for up to thirty minutes until you find a username that is available when you sign up to one of the more popular services. Meet NameChk, a simple web app that lets you check username availability on dozens of social networks from one place. Read More

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