How To Enable/Disable The Quality Filter For Your Twitter Timeline

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Twitter introduced a quality filter for the Notifications timeline a while ago. It is enabled by default and  it effects other timelines, not just the Notification timeline. It can result in you missing quite a few tweets. Case in point, I've been seeing very few new tweets in my timeline despite following over 800 accounts. I don't recall enabling the quality filter which leads me to believe Twitter enabled it by default when the feature was rolled out for my account. If you have been seeing too few new tweets in your timeline, you might need to disable the quality filter. If you are overwhelmed by too many tweets in your timeline, you might want to consider enabling the quality filter. Here's how. Read More

YouTube Indicates Partially Watched Videos & Resumes Playback Where You Left Off

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The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don't finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video's thumbnail how much of the video you've watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here's what the feature looks like in action. Read More

This Is The Quickest Way To Switch Chrome Profiles

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Chrome supports multiple profiles. If you have multiple users logged into the same Windows or macOS account, they will likely share the Chrome browser. One simple way to keep everyone's auto-fill data and search history separate is to create different Chrome profiles for each user. The profiles are easy to create and we've detailed how you can switch between them via keyboard shortcuts. You can also create special desktop shortcuts to launch a particular profile. That said, the quickest way to switch between profiles isn't via the keyboard. The mouse is the superior tool in this regard. Read More

How To Create A Snapchat Spectacles Video Without Spectacles

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Snapchat has released a product called 'Spectacles'. You can buy these spectacles from special vending machines for $130. They're basically camera glasses that you can't buy from any place other than the vending machines. If you don't have the money to spend on Snapchat's new little toy, or you can't find a vending machine near you, you're going to have to do with a work around. SnapView is a web app that takes any video formats it exactly like a Spectacles video. You can then share it with your friends on Snapchat. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Tell If A YouTube Video Has Closed Captioning From Its Thumbnail

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YouTube lets you upload subtitles for your video. On YouTube, subtitles are referred to as closed captioning. Every video you visit has a little 'cc' button next to the quality selection gear button. It's there regardless if the uploader has added subtitles. It's because YouTube tries to provide subtitles. It's an understatement to say that YouTube's subtitles aren't accurate. The good thing is, YouTube lets you know if a video has subtitles provided by the uploader or not, right from the thumbnail. You just have to know what to look for. Read More

How To Mute A Twitter Conversation

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Twitter introduced a feature to mute accounts that you follow quite a while ago. The feature blocks tweets from the account in question but allows you to continue following it. Twitter has introduced a new feature now; muted conversations. You can now mute entire conversations that take place in reply to a particular Tweet. It's incredibly useful for when you get caught in a Twitter argument that you aren't really that vested in. The mute function works for Twitter threads and not for hashtags. Read More

How To Restart Chrome

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Browsers don't need to be restarted often. Chrome can be left to run for hours, or just left idle and it will not hang to the point where you need to restart it. Practically, there is only one case where restarting Chrome is needed; when you enable or disable a flag. Any changes made to the state of a Chrome flag requires you restart the browser for the changes to take effect. There is a 'Relaunch' button duly provided on the Flags page to do just that. Chrome doesn't make it difficult to restart the browser in this case and it restarts with your previous session intact. If you ever need to restart Chrome for any reason though, the browser has you covered. Read More

How To Scan A File Via VirusTotal Before You Download It

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VirusTotal lets you scan a file for malicious programs that might come bundled with an otherwise trustworthy app. We normally download an app and then scan it via the VirusTotal website. The scan is accurate but if it could come before a file is downloaded, it can save us time. Download Virus Checker is a Firefox add-on and a Chrome extension that scans a file via the VirusTotal API before it begins to download. Read More

How To Clear History For The Current Tab In Firefox

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Firefox lets you remove individual entries from your browsing history. It also lets you clean your browsing history for the last one, two, or four hours, or the previous day. You can also clear your history and purge all entries from it. The thing is, our browsing history is useful. We might want to keep some of our history private, but removing it all at once would make for a poorer browsing experience. Forget Tab is a Firefox add-on that can delete your browsing history for the current tab. You need only click the add-on's button to clean the current tab's history. Read More

Block ‘Mailto:’ Links And Copy The Email Address To Your Clipboard [Chrome]

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You will often find the 'Contact Us' button on many websites, particularly those meant to provide support or send feedback are in fact 'Mailto:' links. The Mailto: link automatically opens your default email client. For Windows users, this might be Outlook, Thunderbird, or the new Mail app in Windows 10. For macOS users, this might be the default email client Mail. If you prefer the Mailto: links not open an email client, or you'd rather not be prompted to choose how to handle the link request, NoMailto: is a Chrome extension that's worth checking out. It does two things; it stops Mailto: links from opening your email client, and it gives you the choice to simply copy the email address to your clipboard. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add Custom Gridlines To Any Website In Chrome

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Apple might be falling apart in terms of both hardware and software design but at its peak, it taught us how good something looks if it's properly aligned. The point is, when things line up perfectly they look better and this hold true for industrial design and web design. Website designs are usually created in Photoshop but that's not to say designers and developers don't tinker with the look of a website in their browser. It's pretty easy to tinker with; all you have to do is open the web development console that all major web browsers have and add padding, change text color, etc. One thing all these consoles lack is an alignment tool. If Chrome is your preferred browser for development, Baseliner is an extension you have to try out. It adds a series of horizontal lines to your screen. You have complete freedom to define the spacing between these lines as well as their color. Additionally, the tool lets you add custom padding to the top of a page before the gridlines. Read More

How To Insert A Symbol In Google Docs By Drawing It

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Word processors support more than just the common symbols the average person needs to use. The most common ones can easily be typed via a standard keyboard. All other symbols are used far less often and word processors like MS Word, Pages, and Google Docs support a wide range of them. If you need to insert a symbol in apps like MS Word or Pages, you have to go through a list of them and find the right one. Google Docs offers a better and rather intelligent solution to inserting symbols. It lets you draw the symbol and narrows down the list based on your drawing. Here's how it works. Read More

Insert Emoji From The Right-Click Context Menu In Firefox

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Desktop web browsers still do not support emoji. Unless a web app supports them, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer will not let you see them. If supported by the operating system e.g. macOS, you will be able to insert an emoji but that's the only exception to the case. Emoji Plus is a Firefox add-on that lets you insert emoji from the right-click context menu. It works inside text input fields and features a list of commonly used emoji. Read More

How To Backup And Download Your Favorite Vines As MP4 Files

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Vine is being shut down. Twitter made the announcement just before the weekend. Users will no longer be able to record and upload new vines. Twitter said it will keep the old Vines around so they aren't lost forever, yet. Given that Vine is being shut down so soon, it's not a good idea to bank on Twitter keeping your favorite vines around forever. Fortunately there are other ways to keep your Vines around, ones that don't rely on Twitter. Giphy is offering to convert them to GIFs but that will leave you without the sound. A far better way to backup your Vines is to download them. RIP Vine is a free web app that lets you download Vines by any user. The Vines are saved in MP4 format. You are free to immortalize them/upload them to other websites like Facebook or Instagram once you have the MP4 file. Read More

Get An Email Alert When A Github Repository Has A New Release

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Github is home to some truly awesome projects. If you're a developer, you can follow projects and contribute to their development. There's quite a bit of activity that goes on if a project is in active development. If you aren't a developer though, and would just like to passively monitor a project for its next release, Releaser is a simple web app that you might like. It lets you add projects you want to monitor for updates on Github. When a project is updated with a new release, Releaser will send you an email. A new release is the only activity you get an email for. All other activity is simply ignored. Read More

How To Get A Character Count From The Right-Click Context Menu In Firefox

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The most useful tools are often the simplest ones. Case in point; Characters Counter. It's a Firefox add-on that can count the number of characters in selected text. A word counter is often a part of apps like word processors. You can find one in MS Word and in Google Docs. The tool is predictably useful because a user might need to meet a certain word count when working on a document. Just as word count limits are often important when creating a document, character counts are important when you're posting anything online. Read More

How To Embed The Audio From A YouTube Video

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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

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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