Check If A Movie Is Critically Acclaimed Or A Commercial Success

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When Twilight, the movie, first came out its IMDb rating was through the roof. As more and more of the book's fanbase rated the movie, its score seemed to get better. It broke records and the franchise was a commercial success. It wasn't until more people saw the movie and gave it a more realistic rating that the IMDb page finally reflected it to be a mediocre movie at best. By then, too many of us had lost those precious hours of our life that could have been spent doing literally anything else. What that proved was that even IMDb and RottenTomato ratings can fail us. Meet the Pretentious O Meter created by Niall Beard. It's a simple little web app that analyzes IMDb and RottenTomato ratings alongside the critical acclaim a film has to tell you whether it's good or just a commercial success. Read More

Automatically Play/Pause A YouTube Video When You Switch Tabs [Firefox]

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YouTube's play/pause keyboard shortcut doesn't work all that great. If you're wondering why you've never heard of said shortcut it's mostly because it doesn't work. You may have hit the shortcut multiple times and never realized it wasn't working. The shortcut is the space bar and nine out of ten times it will just scroll down on the page instead of pausing the video. With the shortcut rarely working, it's inconvenient to pause a video on YouTube before you switch to a different tab. What I normally do is hit the hard mute key on my keyboard to stop all sound if I need to mute it in a hurry. Smart Pause for YouTube is a Firefox extension that will automatically pause a YouTube video when you switch to a different tab, and automatically play it when you return to it. Read More

Skip Permissions & Allow Video Players On Any Website To Go Full Screen [Chrome]

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Media players embedded on websites all have a full screen button which expands the media player so that it fills up your entire screen. Each time you allow a media player to go full screen, you're basically allowing the website it's embedded on to go full screen. It can get annoying because most websites will use Vimeo, YouTube, or on the rare occasion DailyMotion to embed videos and these are all websites whose media players we have already allowed full screen access to. Just because the video is embedded on a different site, Chrome asks us to permit the website to go full screen even if the media player is that of YouTube. If the 'Allow Fullscreen' message bothers you, here's a simple way to turn it off. Read More

See Common Business Hours When Planning Meetings Across Time Zones

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Planning a meeting across two different time zones isn't easy; there is always the question of whether or not they have day-light savings and when it goes into effect. Then there's the whole are they ahead of us or behind in time. From my personal experience, even Outlook isn't that great at helping you schedule a meeting across multiple time zones. My Meeting Time is a helpful tool that lets you visualize the time difference between multiple time zones, see what common business hours exist between the two, and helps you plan a meeting that is convenient for everyone invited. Read More

How To Restore A Deleted Thumbnail From The Chrome New Tab Page

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Chrome's New tab page features a speed dial; it has thumbnails of your frequently visited websites and you can click a thumbnail to instantly open the website. Based on your browsing history, you can save up to eight different websites like this. It is an exceptionally useful feature and most browsers have a speed dial functionality. For both Chrome and Firefox, extensions and add-ons exist that let you increase the number of website thumbnails that appear on the new tab page. Now imagine for a second you accidentally delete a thumbnail? Most of us would think that it will come back because we will continue to visit the website but that sadly is not the case in Chrome. Here's what to do when you accidentally delete a thumbnail from the New Tab page and want to get it back. Read More

Get Alerts For Upcoming Concerts And Find Festivals In Your Area

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If you love music festivals or concerts you might be looking for an easy way to find them or learn about upcoming events. Maybe instead of searching for an upcoming festival or concert, it would be nice if they found you. Concert With Me is a very smart web app that finds concerts and gigs in your area. You can import your music preferences from Facebook or Deezer. Alternatively you can enter your favorite artists' names and get an email alert when they are on tour. It's also a good tool, with plenty of customization options, for finding a music event that you can enjoy. Read More

Use Facebook Messenger In Your Browser Without An Add-on Or Extension

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Facebook's chat feature is easily one of the most popular features of the social network. A lot of extensions for both Chrome and Firefox are available that allow you to use the messaging feature as a stand alone app instead of strictly on Facebook because it is very distracting. Facebook has now released an independent web interface dedicated solely to its chat feature titled Messenger. You sign in using your Facebook account and continue chatting. Your chat history is there and you do not need to have Facebook open in a tab. Here's a quick review of the new feature. Read More

Force Close A Chrome Tab When It Becomes Unresponsive

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Chrome tabs can become unresponsive for any reason but usually, often before you notice a tab is stuck, it will crash. You will have the option to reload said tab and work will continue without a hitch. On the rare occasion when this doesn't happen and closing the tab doesn't work either (the tab refuses to close), you have to wait for Chrome to realize there is a problem or you have to close Chrome. The much easier and less drastic measure is to close the tab. Here's how you can force close a single tab when it's unresponsive and the close button isn't working either. Read More

How To Add Conditional Formatting To Cells In Google Sheets

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Google has rolled out conditional formatting for its online spreadsheet app Google Sheets. It's a reason to rejoice because this feature isn't about fancy or impressive looking cells. If you've ever used the feature of the same name on Microsoft Excel, you know it can be used to differentiate cells based on their value. The Conditional Formatting feature in Google Sheets lets you enter a differentiating criteria based on text, numerical, or date value. You can also enter a custom differentiating value. If the app identifies a cell that meets the criteria i.e. the rule(s) you applied, it will format the cell differently. What's more is that you can apply multiple rules and choose the order they are executed in. Here's a quick run down of the feature. It's been released, partially on the Android version. Read More

Auto Expand Code Snippets On Stack Exchange For Better Reading [Firefox]

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Forums like Stack Exchange are amazing for the sheer size of their community but also for the wide range of topics this one single platform covers. You can ask people to help you with code and scripts that you're trying to execute and even help you learn the correct use of a semi-colon by asking the right group of people. Speaking of code, Stack Overflow lets users share code both when seeking help and when providing it. Anyone who deals with code might also know that those lines that do so much can sometimes get really long and because syntax is so important hyphenating or breaking a long line so that it appears in the next one is often times a big no-no. Wide screen stackexchange sites is a Firefox add-on that expands the Q&A area of Stack Exchange sites so that any code that's been shared is easier to read. Read More

Get The Space Bar To Pause YouTube Videos Instead Of Scrolling Down [Chrome]

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YouTube supports keyboard shortcuts for playing and/or pausing a video. These shortcuts, as fas as using them in Chrome are oddly temperamental; sometimes they work and other times they do not. It has something to do with where you clicked outside the video player. In my personal experience, playing around with the shortcuts has sometimes yielded success and other times not. If the shortcuts were to function flawlessly you could play/pause videos with the spacebar. Hit the spacebar now though and it's more likely the page will just scroll down instead of pausing the video. If you're a Chrome user, there's YouTube Pause. A simple extension that works in the background and gets the spacebar shortcut to function properly. Read More

Compare Music Prices On Amazon And iTunes To Find The Better Deal

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iTunes changed the way music was bought and sold. The revolution it brought around had a major impact but with the passage of time we've seen several large companies enter the fold, all aiming to make it easier for people to buy, and artists to sell their music online. Noteworthy among the new names are Google, Amazon, and Spotify. That said, we now not only have a simple way to buy cheap music, we also have choice when it comes to where or who we buy it from. Services compete for users now and if you're in the market for some new music, Tunemiser is a little tool that you can use to see whether Amazon or iTunes has a better deal on an album or a track. Read More

How To Disable The New Autoplay Feature On YouTube

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YouTube is rolling out a new autoplay feature. It's a lot like the autoplay feature you see on Hulu where the next suggested video is automatically played after 3 seconds if you do not cancel or pause it. When YouTube first started auto-playing videos today I thought I had maybe clicked on a playlist. It's still rolling out at the moment and some of you might not be seeing. It's useful no doubt but you might not know it can be disabled because the switch that turns it off comes after an ad. The feature has been available to select users since 2014 when it was in the test phase. Here's how it works and how you can turn it off. Read More

How To Search Profiles Of The People You Follow On Twitter

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When I first started using Twitter, I didn't get it. It was annoying and it took me a little time to learn to appreciate the great one-liners people shared and also the very comprehensive information and live news that people shared as they experienced events. It took time because I had to find the right people to follow. It started with news agencies, parody accounts, and then expanded to include some great people in the tech industry. Since then, every Twitter account I follow is, to me, a great find. That said, it's hard to remember who I follow and these are people or companies I know almost only through their Twitter profiles. Here's how you can search the profiles of people you follow on Twitter when you need to find someone quickly. Read More

Force Facebook To Detect Thumbnails And Links When Sharing A URL

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A few months ago, I started experiencing problems with Facebook. Whenever I shared a link from a Facebook page that I owned or that I was managing, there would be instances where Facebook would not detect that I had pasted a URL in the status box. Other times, it simply wouldn't load an image to use as a thumbnail. The latter I attributed to my internet connection acting up but the problem was recurrent even though it didn't reproduce itself 100% of the time. When Facebook failed to detect a link all together despite multiple attempts, it became a problem instead of just an inconvenience. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to it and from what I can tell, this is a problem on Facebook's side. Here's how to fix it for your own Facebook pages. Read More

Use Custom Templates For Any iWork Productivity App On iCloud

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Apple opened its iWork suite up to everyone last year making it super easy for anyone to use its productivity apps. These apps include Pages (documents), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Keynote (Presentations). Like any great productivity suite, these come loaded with templates from Apple. You can also buy templates which are downloaded to your computer as zipped files. Unzip them and you've got absolutely nothing that can be used from the iCloud web interface. The templates only work if you've got a Mac. This effectively makes them useless because the web version of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers don't let you load a custom template. There is however a simple way to work around this and use a template you've maybe bought and downloaded to your system. Here's how. Read More

How To View Pages File On Windows & Convert It To PDF

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Mac vs. Windows, iOS vs. Android, black & blue vs. white and gold, are just some of the things we like to argue about. They're the finer points of conflict in life that you can bring up when you're bored and conversation is running dry. There does come a time though when the difference actually becomes a problem like when you have to open a platform specific file like a Pages document on your Windows PC. Not only that, you might need it converted to the DOCX or PDF format so that you can view it easily on other non-Apple devices. Here's how. Read More

How To Embed A Video From Twitter To Your Website

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Twitter has always supported embedding for tweets. The embed code adds a nice card to your website which updates to show the number of times the embedded tweet has been favorited and retweeted. Any images that have been tweeted appear in said card as well and now Twitter has added video embedding to its interface. Any video that you've tweeted or that has been tweeted publicly can now be embedded directly. Here's how. Read More

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