How To Attach Private Notes To Twitter Profiles [Chrome]

Twitter is a pretty neat way to find interesting conversations. Once you get the hang of it you can use it follow developing stories and  connect with people in your areas of interest. Twitter makes it easy to find and follow people but it lacks in the organization area. Twitter lists are really the only tool at our disposal to keep track of the accounts we follow. Whodis is a Chrome extension that lets you add private notes to Twitter profiles. You can add a note to remind you why you followed a particular account. Read More

See What Objects Facebook Has Identified In Your Photos

Facebook has built-in face recognition that works on the photos you upload and share. When you upload a photo, the face recognition suggests which friends you should tag in it. Facebook doesn't just recognize the people in photos; it also recognizes objects in your photos. The photos we upload to Facebook aren't all selfies; food and cats are also popular subjects in our photos. Facebook can and does recognize these things and duly adds tags to it that we can't see. If you want to check out what objects Facebook has identified in photos, you need the Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags extension for Chrome. Read More

Watch An Age Restricted YouTube Video Without Signing In By Modifying The URL

YouTube's content guidelines prevent users from uploading content others would normally need to watch in an incognito window. That doesn't mean the content on the site is suitable for everyone. YouTube has a special Kids app that lets parents control what their kids can watch on YouTube. YouTube also places age restrictions on viewing certain types of videos. These are mostly videos with a lot of violence or nudity. Strong language doesn't fall under this category; you can watch all of Grade A Under A's videos without having to prove you're at least 18 years old. If you click on a video that asks you to sign in to watch it, you don't really need to sign in. There's a pretty neat trick you can pull with the URL of an age restricted YouTube video to by-pass the age restriction. Here's how it works. Read More

Get An Alert When AirPods Are In Stock At Your Nearest Apple Store

Apple has finally released its wireless earbuds; AirPods. The AirPods were a great joke up until they were actually released but Apple is having the last laugh by limiting their availability. Within seconds of the AirPods becoming available, their delivery times went up. It can now take a whole month for your AirPods arrive, maybe even longer. Most stores you visit will not have them in stock, or they might be bought before you get to the store or are able to reserve them. Is In Stock is a little web app that lets you sign up for when AirPod are back in stock. You can pick the store you want to buy them from and get an email alert when the store has them in stock. Read More

Pin And Unpin The Current Tab Via A Keyboard Shortcut In Chrome

Chrome allows you to pin tabs. Pinned tabs can't be closed accidentally as they do not have a close button. They also take up less space on the tabs bar making them easier to work with. The pinned tab feature is best used for websites you need to have open all the time such as your email. When you click a link inside a pinned tab, it will always open in a new tab guaranteeing you never accidentally navigate away from the pinned URL. Pinned tabs have been part of Chrome for a long time but to this day, there is no keyboard shortcut support for them. In order to pin a tab in Chrome, you must right-click the tab and select 'Pin Tab' from the context menu. Likewise, in order to unpin or close the tab, you again have to go through a right-click context menu. The only way to pin and unpin tabs via a keyboard shortcut is to use an extension and URL Pinner is what does the trick. Read More

How To Hide Your ‘Active’ Status On Facebook Messenger

Facebook had made its Messenger app a stand alone chat application. Its recent updates are pushing it more towards being a better replica of Snapchat but it remains so that even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still use it. When you send a message to a contact over Facebook Messenger, it shows you whether or not said person is active. If said person is inactive, it shows you how long ago they were active. For everyone who has you added as a contact in Facebook Messenger, the very same information about you is available to them. If you find it too intrusive, you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

How To Check When And Where Your Netflix Account Was Last Used

A single Netflix account can be shared by two or more people depending on the type of account you have. The smallest subscription plan available restricts you to SD quality and viewing on one screen at a time. Other plans allow you to watch on up to 4 screens. It makes sharing a single account much easier. If you suspect your Netflix account is being shared between one too many people, people you haven't shared it with, there's a pretty simple way to check. Netflix lets you review your last watched activity on a per-profile basis. Not only can you tell if your account is being used by someone else but also through which profile, at which time, and on what device. Read More

Directly Transfer Files Between Two Desktops From Your Web Browser

File sharing is a heavily saturated market but most file sharing apps and services work with an intermediate server. Your file is uploaded to an online server or 'cloud drive' and you share a link to it. The file is then downloaded from said server by your recipient. This method of sharing files has its advantages e.g., your recipient can download a file whenever they have time and you aren't bound to be online to send it to them. That said, many people still prefer a P2P transfer whereby your file is sent between two desktops. Take A File is a simple P2P file transfer service that lets you send files between two desktops all from your web browser. Read More

This Tool Tells You Everything Your Browser Tells Websites About You

We all know websites collect information from us, either implicitly or explicitly. They get the information via the web browsers we use. You might not trust a shady looking website with your information but you will trust Chrome. The thing is, browsers are the information gateway that websites use. What every Browser knows about you is a web app that shows you the personal information stored by your browser. This information can be accessed by websites without you explicitly allowing them access to it. It also tells you what you can do about the information being freely available to websites. Read More

Find Every Service Associated With Your Google Account

Google authentication is possibly one of the greatest things to happen to the internet. If you're signed into your Google account, you can sign up for any service that has Google Authentication with just a click. You don't have to think of a new username or remember a password for multiple services because there is one Google account to rule them all. It's all very convenient until you lose track of all the services you've signed up for and your inbox starts to clog with newsletters. Deseat.me is a web service that finds all apps and accounts that your Google account is associated with. It lets you decide which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to get rid off. It then directs you to the correct page for removing/deleting your account. Read More

Remove The Netflix Next Episode Countdown & Are You Watching Prompt [Chrome]

It is perfectly normal for Netflix users to binge watch a series. Many series, the ones that aren't original Netflix titles, are made available only after a complete season has aired. It lends to even more binge-watching. Netflix, for some reason, doesn't believe a single person can binge-watch an entire season of Breaking Bad. If you let your screen sit idle for too long or you've been watching too long it asks you if you're still watching. Additionally, between two episodes of the same series, there is a countdown that runs before the next episode plays. You can skip it but it would be better if it weren't there to begin with. Flex Assist is a Chrome extension that lets you remove the Netflix next episode countdown as well as the are you still watching prompt. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For A Facebook Post Without Leaving A Comment

When you leave a comment on a Facebook post, you start receiving notifications for all new comments on the post. If the post in question is a major life event announcement, the new comments and their notifications quickly become annoying. The good news is that you can turn them off. For posts that you do want to follow and get updates for, you normally have to leave a comment on them. There is however a better way to enable notifications for a Facebook post without leaving a comment. Here's how. Read More

How To Use The Citation Feature In Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides

There is a new citation feature in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slide that lets you insert a citation in MLA, APA, and Chicago format for articles and links you find in Google Explore. It works inside the document, spreadsheet, or presentation you have open and lets you insert a reference to a source you are citing The reference appears at the bottom of the page you cited it on. Here's how it works. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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