Use A Facebook Messenger Bot To Set Reminders

Facebook's Messenger Bots are so far being used to deliver news or provide customer support but they have the potential to do so more than that. Meet Jarvis; a Facebook Messenger bot that you can use to set reminders for yourself. The reminders are sent to you over Messenger and you will get them on both your desktop and your phone. The reminders can be set for a particular day or for a relative time such as ten minutes from now. Jarvis relies on your time zone to send you reminders. Here's how it works. Read More

Message Multiple People On Facebook Without Adding Them To A Group [Chrome]

Facebook has long supported group messaging. If a group is created with the right people in it and for a specific purpose it's a fantastic way to communicate with multiple people at one. If it's created by someone who just needs to get a message out to multiple people as fast as possible it's little more than an annoying notification for everyone involved. Thankfully you can leave a conversation but if you're the one sending the message and would like to avoid going the group message route while still using Facebook Messenger, MessengerMerge is a Chrome extension that can help you do just that. It lets you send a message to 16 people at once without needing to add them to a group. Read More

How To Create A Facebook Messenger Bot Without Coding [Guide]

Facebook's Messenger chat bots are a new way for Facebook pages and apps to interact with users. They were introduced only a month ago and many chat bots have been created since. These chat bots are incredibly easy to set up requiring very little coding skills. The only thing you need to do is set up an API, something that's fairly basic. If you're a small business owner lacking the funds and the skills to do this, you can use Botsify. It's a web service that lets you set up a chat bot for your Facebook page for free. It's very easy to use and requires absolutely no coding skills whatsoever. All you need is thirty minutes and this post to walk you through the process. Read More

How To Set Facebook Messenger Chat Color Using A HEX Code Or Color Picker

In March 2016 Facebook introduced a few new features to its Messenger app for the web and smartphones. The new features offered some customization options for chat conversations that let you set a different color for the chat bubbles, change the default emoji shortcut from the 'Like' emoji to anything else, and add a nickname for whoever you're chatting with. The color selection for chat conversations is very limited though and mostly lighter colors are offered. You can pick one of them but you can't enter a custom color. Mauf is a Chrome extension that lets you do just that. It lets you set a chat conversation color via a color picker or a HEX code. The change i.e., the new color is visible on the web and mobile phone apps for Messenger. Read More

How To Leave A Group Message Thread On LinkedIn

LinkedIn's group conversations are one of the worst sources of spam messages on the professional networking site. A group conversation message can be initiated by anyone. Anyone included in the conversation is then free to invite other people to the conversation regardless if they are connected to other members in the group or not. There is no control over who can send messages. For a while all you could do about these conversations was mute the notifications but as of a recent update to both its web interface and mobile app, LinkedIn now lets you leave a conversation. Here's how. Read More

Send Stickers And Gifs In Facebook Messenger With A Text Command [Chrome]

Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs and stickers for a long time now. The support spans all platforms that Messenger is available for. On both smartphones and the web app, you can search for and insert both stickers and GIFs into a conversation. Smartphones have the added advantage of being able to use third-party keyboards that are built specifically for inserting GIFs. xaoke is a Chrome extension that lets you send a GIF or a sticker via a text command inside Messenger. The GIFs are sent via Giphy. Read More

Prevent Windows From Going To Sleep When Chrome Is Downloading Files

Web browsers are the default apps used to download files. Not all large files can be downloaded via a torrent client or a download manager and users are forced to rely on the very basic download manager that comes bundled with a web browser. Chrome's own download manager is pretty basic with absolutely no extraordinary features to speak of. If you're using Chrome to download a significantly large file which will require hours to complete you might want to keep your system from going to sleep so long as the download is in progress. Once the download does finish however, the system should be allowed to sleep but Chrome has no simple way to set this all up. To keep your OS from going to sleep while a download is in progress, you need two different extensions to do the trick; Download Shutdown and Sleepless in System. Read More

Copy Users From A Public Twitter List To Your Own List

You can group Twitter users into lists so that it's easier to manage and keep up with updates from one specific group. If you follow a large number of people on Twitter and the contents of their tweets vary in subject then a list will help you keep up with news in a much more organized manner. A Twitter user can make a list and set it to be either public or private. A public list is one that anyone else can subscribe to. This lets users forgo the time needed to compile their own list and they can instead just use the one others have made. Twitter List Copy is a free web app that lets you copy users from any public Twitter list to your own Twitter list. Read More

Enable The Document Outline Pane In Google Docs For Faster Navigation

Google Docs is slowly and steadily catching up in terms of features to offline desktop word processing apps like MS Word. It supports a lot of the basic document editing features that MS Word has and as of a recent update, a new navigation pane has been added to it. The pane relies on your document's outline elements i.e., headings, to help you find and navigate to a particular section. Here's where it's hiding. Read More

Block TV Show, Movie, And Sports Spoilers On Facebook & Twitter [Chrome]

This post contains no spoilers. If you're a Game of Thrones fan you might have been walking on egg shells browsing the internet yesterday because you had yet to see the first episode of season 6 that would answer one major cliff hanger. In no less than 24 hours, the internet was quickly posting about the episode. Many people were careful to preempt a post with a spoiler tag, but now that 48 hours have passed since the episode aired, all bets are off. Game of Thrones is not the only show you'll ever watch, or want to avoid spoilers for and it's a fact that the internet will spoil TV shows, sporting events, and movie endings just because it can. It's also fact that you can't avoid the internet forever or until you can catch up on your yet-to-watch list. Spoiler Shield is a Chrome extension that helps you tread social media without having to worry about spoilers. It lets you choose what spoilers you're trying to avoid and then blocks them. Read More

Auto-Hide The Firefox Bookmarks Bar Like The Taskbar In Windows

Bookmarks are an awesome feature for saving useful links but the bookmarks bar in any browser is almost always an unsightly mess. It doesn't have as much to do with the UI of a browser as it does with the bookmarks saved to it. They're usually a series of truncated page titles and poorly loaded or poorly saved favicons. You can hide the bookmarks bar on practically every browser there is, but that only works if you use it rarely. If you access bookmarks frequently, having the bar they reside on stay hidden is not a convenient option. For Firefox users who like a clean browser interface but often need to open a bookmark, BookmarksDropDown is an add-on that lets you keep the bookmarks bar hidden and have show it only when you move your cursor to the top of the current page. Think of how the taskbar in Windows behaves when you set it to auto-hide; the bookmarks bar works exactly like that with this add-on installed. Read More

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More

How To Find The Direct Download Link To Any File

When you download an app, whether it's VLC player or iTunes you don't get a direct link to where the file is actually stored. You will in most cases see a Download button that you click and the file is then fetched from it's location so that it can be downloaded. In some cases if you visit your browser's download manager you will be able to get a direct link to a file. If however you want to make this infinitely easier give FileChef a try. It's a very simple web app that sends a search query to Google using search parameters to find the direct download link of a file. Read More

How To Save Links To Your Google Account Instead Of To Facebook

Facebook recently expanded its Saved feature with a bookmarklet. The bookmarklet when added to your browser's bookmarks bar allowed you to click it and save the current tab to your Facebook account. The 'Save' feature is thus no longer limited to the links you see on Facebook. Not to be outdone by a more popular social network, Google introduced a similar feature that can be used via its new Chrome extension called Save to Google. In essence, the extension does exactly what the Facebook bookmarklet does except that it saves links to your Google Account. It doesn't sort them into categories but you can add tags to a link when saving them or after you've saved them. Read More

How To Access Saved Passwords In Chrome From Anywhere

Chrome comes with a built-in password manager that can save both the username and password of any website you log into if you allow it. The password manager doesn't offer any advanced security features and most people prefer using services like Lastpass when they decide to save passwords. There's also the small matter of how, if anyone has access to Chrome on your desktop, they can simply look at the passwords saved to it. If you do use the password manager and trust it with your login credentials then it's a good idea to enable password syncing when you sign in to your Google Account in Chrome. This allows you to view the passwords saved to Chrome from any device or any other system. Here's how. Read More

Use One Gmail Email To Create Multiple Accounts On Any Website

Facebook limits a user to one profile per email but it gives you freedom to have as many pages you want. A Facebook page doesn't require the setting up of a separate profile but the same can't be said for Twitter or Instagram. Both networks allow one account per email. If you ever need to create a second Twitter or Instagram account you will need to use an email address that isn't already associated with an account on these sites unless you use Gmail. If you use Gmail then you can use the same email to create multiple accounts on social networking sites or other web service. Here's how. Read More

Save An Image From Google Image Search Results To Your Google Account

Google Photos on Android has been update. The update now allows users to selectively sync photos from their device to Google Photos as opposed to having them all sync to it. It's also made a small but very useful update to Google Image search. If you are signed into your Google account when you search for images, you can save an image from the results to your Google account. A Save button now appears next to the 'View Image' button when you preview an image result. It doesn't seem to work just yet on local Google Image versions but is working on Google.com. Read More

How To Add Any URL To Your Facebook Saved Items List

Two years ago Facebook introduced a 'Save' feature that allowed users to bookmark or save for later content they found on the network. It let you save links, images, books, movies, pages, and music and mimicked Pocket to a great extent. It was however limited to only saving content shared on Facebook. If you found a link outside Facebook, you couldn't add it to your list of Saved items. That's changed as of two days ago; Facebook has released a bookmarklet that you can add to your bookmarks bar and use it to send any link on the web to your Facebook 'Saved' list. Read More

Disable The Space Bar’s Page Down Function On YouTube

The space bar is tied to two different functions in a browser; on a normal web page it will scroll the page down. On YouTube it will play/pause a video on a good day. If you use the space bar to scroll pages and it genuinely makes reading and browsing easier than it would be if you used two-finger scroll or the mouse wheel, you won't mind that it rarely pauses/plays YouTube videos and instead just scrolls the page down. If, however you find the space bar's scroll behavior on YouTube annoying you might want to disable it. Here's how. Read More

Find Spoilers For A Movie You Are Planning To Watch

This post contains spoilers for the 2014 movie The Babadook. It's a movie I haven't seen yet because I'm too scared to watch it. When it comes to watching movies, particularly those that are hyped beyond reason like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we generally try to avoid spoilers so as to not ruin the end. In some cases, it is advisable to skip watching a movie's trailer so that your expectations aren't influenced by it. That said, spoilers aren't bad if you keep them to yourself. They can often tell you if a movie that has a reasonably good premise loses itself in the third act. Often the end is what might compel you to see a story play out. Spoil Me is a web app that helps you find spoilers for any movie you want to watch. Read More