How To Cast A Chrome App To Chromecast

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Chrome lets you save websites as apps. The Chrome Web Store also features an entire Apps category. These apps run as stand alone Chrome windows. You can pin them to the Taskbar and the Start Menu in Windows for faster access but they come with some restrictions. A Chrome web app that runs in its own dedicated window doesn't support the Chrome toolbar. You can't use any of your installed extensions inside the app unless the extension can be used from the right-click context menu. The only other alternative is to run the app as a tab in Chrome but that more or less defeats the purpose of the app. With these restrictions, you can't cast a Chrome app to the Chromecast using the official extension. The extension that resides in the toolbar can't be accessed from the stand alone window interface. The good news is that as of Chrome version 51, native support for the Chromecast has been added making it possible for you to cast a Chrome app to your Chromecast. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Add Medium-Style Highlights From An Article When You Share It

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Medium has a really nice little feature for sharing posts; you can highlight a snippet of the post and share it along with the link. It's genius because it gives the perspective reader an idea of what a post is about. A link shared like this is also likely to attract more readers and get more people to read a post. The trouble is that not everything we read is on Medium. We read content that comes from a lots of different websites and the apps we read in don't have anything like Medium's snippet sharing feature. Meet Highly, an iOS app, and a Chrome and Safari extension that gives you the exact functionality on your iOS device and your browser. Read More

How To Block All Mention Of Pokemon Go From The Internet

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Pokemon Go has turned into one of those things that everyone is talking about. There are few corners of the internet left where the game isn't being discussed and like anything that takes the internet by storm, there are people who are sick and tired of hearing about the game. It was the same with Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, Brexit, Batman V Superman, the new Ghostbusters movie, and of course anything related to Game of Thrones. Developers come to the rescue and figure out a way to block all mention of a particular annoying topic and PokeGone is the Pokemon Go blocker that does that for every mention of the game. It's a Chrome extension that will block any and all mention of the game from any website you visit. Read More

How To Create Rollover Images For Emails And Product Pages

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Images that change to show a different one when your cursor is positioned over it are called Rollover Images. They are an awesome way to showcase products or make content more interactive for visitors. These images are widely used in marketing emails as well where perhaps they are less welcome. The images are created with CSS and HTML but if you're looking for a simple UI based method to create them, FreshInbox's Rollover tool is what you need. Read More

How To Capture A Short Clip From A Live Twitch Stream

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Twitch is the go to place if you like watching people play games. YouTube is definitely trying to get in on live game streaming but Twitch is the preferred place by most game broadcasters. The thing about Twitch is that it isn't a video hosting site that's trying to fit into a different niche by adapting itself slightly. It's dedicated to gamers and it has features that make it more fun to watch or relive an awesome moment in a stream. A while back, Twitch introduced a new feature that lets users clip a section of a stream when it's live and share it. The feature is embedded inside the player itself and it captures the last 30 seconds of the stream from the exact moment when you click the button. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Create And Share Memes From Inside Facebook Messenger

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Memes, GIFs, and emoticons are widely used in chat conversations. Where most chat apps have emoticons and GIFs covered, memes are a different story. Facebook Messenger lets you search for GIFs and has an entire library of stickers for your conversation. If you're looking for a way to quickly create a meme inside Facebook Messenger, MemeGenerator Bot is Facebook Messenger Bot that will do just that. The bot not only finds the meme you need but also lets you add custom text to it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Get Chrome Mobile Bookmarks To Appear On Chrome Desktop

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Chrome is available for both desktop and mobile platforms. On Android, it's usually the default browser and on iOS, you can download the browser from the App Store. Chrome is likewise available for Windows and macOS. One of the browser's pioneering features is the ability to sync user data including history, auto-fill information, bookmarks, and apps and extensions across Chrome installations on different platforms. The same feature is available on Chrome for iOS and Android and if enabled you can sync your Chrome mobile bookmarks to your desktop Chrome installations. Here's how. Read More

How To Stream South Park Episodes On The Chromecast For Free

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South Park is an exceptionally popular cartoon show known for its social satire. It's also free to watch on Comedy Central's website and on Hulu. Entire seasons are available for anyone interested in a South Park binge. Hulu has support for Chromecast but the service itself is regionally restricted leaving you with few options to stream South Park to your Chromecast. Fortunately, there is a pretty simply way around this involving Plex, the must have app for any Chromecast user, and the South Park channel for Plex. Here's how to add it and start your South Park binge. Read More

Stop Firefox From Collecting Information About A New Installation

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User feedback and data is key to any app that ever wants to improve and Firefox is no different. Long time Firefox users already know that Firefox collects information from users regarding their usage of the browser, the customization they do, and the hardware the browser is run on. What perhaps fewer people know is that when you first install Firefox, it gathers information about your current installation as well and it isn't very obvious that it's doing so. Here's how to stop Firefox from collecting information about a new Firefox installation. Read More

How To Hide Firefox UI Elements & Settings From The Options And Add-on Manager

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Firefox has cleaned up its interface these past two years significantly. The UI is a very simple one with every setting and button tucked away inside menus though users do have the option to customize the buttons that appear on the toolbar. If you're looking for more control over which UI elements appear in Firefox and would like to hide certain items from the Add-on Manager, the Options manager, and the browser's UI, Hide Preferences is the add-on you need to do the trick. The add-on can hide items from the hamburger menu, remove certain settings and even entire tabs from the Options manager, and hide some elements from the Add-on manager as well. Read More

How To Hide Your Facebook Updates From Your Timeline Before Posting Them

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When you post an update on Facebook, it appears in your friends' News Feed as well as on your timeline. Anyone who follows you will see the update and anyone who visits your profile will see it as well, provided your privacy settings allow them to. If you're wondering what the difference between the News Feed and the Timeline is, the News Feed is everything you post. It's news about you that is delivered to your followers. The Timeline is a chronological set of important events in your life. This doesn't include all your posts but will normally include the ones your friends engage with the most and any major life events you add. Facebook has now rolled out a feature that lets you exempt an update from appearing in your Timeline before you post it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Turn Off Live Video Notifications On Facebook

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Facebook live videos turned the social network into a platform for live streaming. It's a limited feature but people, brands, and companies all seem to be willing to give it a try. Anyone can stream a live video; Facebook pages and profiles alike. Every time a Page or a friend you follow on Facebook begins to stream live, you receive a notification so you can watch it. Facebook also gives you notifications for live streams it thinks you'll be interested in. The thing is that live videos aren't a refined feature and there's only so much you can get out of it that many people tire of watching them and that's when the notifications start to get annoying. The good news is, Facebook has a setting to turn these notifications Off. Here's where it is. Read More

How To Link Directly To A Section Of A Web Page

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Links to a Wikipedia page can be modified so that they link to a particular section of the article instead of just the page itself. It's pretty useful especially when the article is particularly long and only a section of it is relevant for whoever you need to share it with. This isn't a specific Wikipedia feature, it's a web page thing i.e., something to do with the HTML of the page. The link is modified with the HTML 'id' attribute attached to an element of a web page and this is something you can do with just about any web page that uses the 'id' attribute to define a style for an element. Here's how it work. Read More

See How Far You Can Get On A Budget Using Different Taxi Services

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Cheap, on-time, reliable transport is incredibly important to anyone who needs to get around. Services like Uber and Lyft have thrived because they can provide transport quickly and flexibly but also because they're cheaper than hiring a cab. Both companies have effectively disrupted taxi services as we know it but are they really always the cheaper option and which of the two is cheaper? If you're on a budget and trying to get to a specific destination, Up Hail Discover is a web service you might want to check with before you order a cab. The service lets you select a point of origin, a budget, and select a taxi service to see how far you can get on it. Read More

How To Create iTunes-Like Smart Playlists In Google Music [Chrome]

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As much as people love their iPhones, they hate iTunes. It's an app that's forced on to every iPhone and iPad user indiscriminately but it isn't all bad. For one, iTunes has a pretty neat smart playlists feature that lets you set rules for including songs in a playlist. The rules make it so you don't have to manually scan and add items from your music library whenever you want to create a playlist. This is a feature that Google Music lacks. Google Music auto-generates smart playlists but if you want to create one with your own rules you can't without the help of a really awesome Chrome extension called Autoplaylists for Google Music. The extension has a paid subscription based version as well as a free version. With the free version, you can create one smart playlist while the paid version lets you create multiple smart playlists. The subscription costs $1.99/ month. Read More

How To Download A Chrome Extension As A CRX File

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Chrome's Web Store has a large number of apps and extensions that range from productive to simple fun. The Chrome Web Store is awesome but it doesn't offer you any way to download extensions or apps without installing them. When you click 'Add to Chrome' the extension or app in question will download and install with no intermediate steps involved where you can stop the installation from happening. What this leads to is users unable to back up an extension in case it become unavailable later on. At best, they can backup the folders of a particular extension in their profile, or just backup the entire profile. Meet Chrome Extension Downloader. It's a simple web app that lets you download any Chrome app or extension. You need to be able to access an app's Chrome Web Store page or have access to the app/extension's ID. Read More

How To Check If Your Internet Connection Is Fast Enough For Gaming & Netflix

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If you have to download a very large file the best way to do it is to let it happen overnight. Not only will you get maximum speed because everyone is asleep, but also you won't have to stop everything you're doing just to get the download to finish faster. The same trick obviously can't be used when you want to play a game or watch Netflix. Not only do you need more than just a reasonably high download speed to play games smoothly but you also need low latency. A lot of online internet speed testing services check the latency of your internet connection in addition to its upload and download speed but SourceForge has a new internet speed checking tool that makes sense out of those figures and tells you if your connection is suitable for gaming and watching Netlix, Hulu, or streaming live to Twitch. Read More

How To Embed A YouTube Video With The Volume Muted

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A vast majority of videos on Facebook are watched with the volume muted. As you scroll through your timeline, whether it's from your desktop or the smartphone app, videos play automatically but the volume doesn't play unless you tap and open the video. There's no harm in this at all and it keeps you from bothering other people as you watch the fiftieth cat video in your timeline. If you would like to embed a YouTube video with the sound turned off by default then you can use a little script written by Amit Agarwal of Labnol that lets you do just that. The videos auto-play but the sound is muted. Users who visit your website and view the video will have to manually turn the volume up. Here's how it works. Read More

Get Food & Restaurant Recommendations Inside Facebook Messenger

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but deciding what to have for lunch can take over thirty minutes. If you're eating with a group of people this can take longer. If you're often unable to decide what or where to eat whether by yourself or with friends, you might want to give Where a try. It's a Facebook Messenger bot that helps you decide what to eat and where to have with by giving you suggestions all inside Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Track Your Flight With A Facebook Messenger Bot

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Facebook Messenger bots may sound like a temporary fad and for some they might be little more than a different way to get news but these bots refuse to be pigeon holed into a single function. A Facebook Messenger bot can do just about anything you tell it to do. A while back we reviewed an excellent bot called Jarvis that you could use to set reminders that showed you just how versatile they can be. App in the air is a Facebook Messenger bot that can track a flight, give travelling tips such as the availability of WiFi at a particular airport, and tell you if you some of your carry on items will be confiscated by the TSA. Read More