VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Headset Review

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Virtual Reality headsets are slowly entering the mainstream market. Smaller, cheaper sets in the form of Google Cardboard have been out for a while and 2015 saw the much anticipated Oculus Rift go on sale for a whopping $600. The set is riding on the high end of the VR headset market requiring users to own a desktop running the latest hardware. Between Google Cardboard and the Oculus Rift there are countless VR headsets currently available for anyone who wants to enjoy a VR game or an immersive VR experience without spending a lot of money and the VR Shinecon is one very good option. We took the headset for a test spin and here's our review of the device. Read More

20 Popular Web Apps & Tips From 2015

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A good web app can replace a desktop app and often, it's just better to have a go-to web app for something quick instead of installing a specialized one on your desktop. In 2015, one of the most popular web apps that debuted was the Imgur GIF maker but there were also the smaller, less famous ones that let you check if you needed to visit an optometrist, and help you find a new anime to watch based on the ones you like. Here's our list of the top twenty web apps and tips reviewed in 2015. Read More

Enter Obscure & Common Mathematical Symbols From iOS Keyboard [Paid]

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The default iOS keyboard has buttons for standard mathematical functions i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For any other symbol you might need to enter, you normally have to copy and paste them from some place. MathBoard is a $0.99 app for iOS that is meant to meet any and all mathematical symbol needs. It's a third-party keyboard app that has every common and obscure mathematical symbol you might ever need to enter including Pi. Read More

You Can Do Quick Calculations From Inside Spotlight In iOS

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What smartphone doesn't have a calculator app built into it? Even old feature phones had them as did those really cool wristwatches that were popular at some point. If you're picky about how the calculator app that came bundled on your phone looks or which features it has, you can download a different and exponentially better one for free. If you use an iOS device though, there's one thing you can't supplement and that's the ease of use that certain native features have in the OS. In this case, if you don't want to fumble around on your home screen tabs, folders, or the control panel, and want to be able to access a calculator anywhere, you can use Spotlight because it can do basic math problems. Read More

How To Natively Loop Videos On YouTube To Play Repeatedly

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If I ever have a song stuck in my head, my go-to solution for getting rid of it is to listen to it on repeat a million times. I normally use YouTube to listen to the song because I know it's going to be there and it's just super easy to find. What has been slightly less easy in the past is setting a video on YouTube to loop. It has an auto-play feature that will automatically start playing the next suggested video unless you disable it but up until yesterday, there was no option to loop the same video to play over and over. YouTube has just integrated the option in the right-click context menu that appears when you click inside the media player. Read More

How To Round Off All Decimal Values In A Row Or Column In MS Excel

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Working with numbers comes with a few rules and one such rule that deals with numbers in decimals is to round them off. If you work with Excel, you know that it doesn't round off numbers unless they're being treated as currency. If you're dealing with other types of numbers i.e. non-currency ones, and need to round off numbers to certain decimal point, there's a pretty simple way to do it. Read More

Set Periodic Reminders For Taking Your Medication [iOS]

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Reminder apps are a popular sub-category of productivity apps. These apps focus on organizing tasks and to-dos into smart lists that make it easier to keep track of the nature of the many tasks you need to do. Round is free reminder app for iOS with a very specific purpose; it remidns you to take your meds. If you're on any type of medication, especially if it's more than one type of pill, the app will let you add individual reminders for each one. It can add medicine from its existing database and you can specify the quantity (in mg) you have to take each time. Once you've taken a doze, you can mark the reminder complete. Read More

Watch YouTube Videos With Friends In Perfect Playback Sync

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Last year, a friend and I decided to watch a movie together. We decided we'd do this not by being physically present in the same room but by watching at our homes at the same time so we could make fun of it and cringe as needed since it was a bad movie. Surprisingly, we couldn't find a service that would let you sync movie playback and we didn't have much fun. The point is syncing video playback across two systems that aren't on the same network isn't easy, except in the case of YouTube videos because ShareTube exists. It's a little web app that lets you create a 'viewing' room and invite friends to it. You can search for and queue videos from YouTube to watch and it ensures that playback is synced for everyone in the room. Read More

How To Debug A Web Page Remotely With Chrome Dev Tools

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Chrome's Dev tools support remote debugging but not how we would like them to. The 'remote' means on a device that you have right next to you and that you can connect to your development machine. It doesn't mean you can debug a Chrome tab that your friend who is currently sitting in a different coffee shop has open. So, what to do if the two of you are working on something together and you need to perhaps access, maybe even debug, the other's tab. DevTools Remote is a Chrome extension that lets you share a remote session for a selected tab with anyone via a link. The link opens inside the Chrome Dev Tools and gives the recipient control over the tab. They see your dev console and can make changes to it among other things. Read More

How To Use A VPN Service With The Chromecast

People use VPN services for a lot of reasons. Nowadays, that reason is so we can access more content on Netflix because the current listing it has in a lot of countries is disappointing to say the least. You will find, however, that while you can easily use a VPN to access websites on your desktop and/or smartphone, you can't cast anything accessed via a VPN to your Chromecast. This is because Google forces the Chromecast to use the Google DNS which, as you can guess, blocks your VPN. Here's how you can resolve the problem. Read More

Track What Foods You’ve Burnt Off With Your Daily Activity Level

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Losing weight is daunting. If you've got a lot of numbers to reduce on the scale you might already see it as a goal that's too difficult to accomplish. The key is to take baby steps. You can start out with just walking daily and don't necessarily have to hit the gym everyday until you're ready for a more aggressive approach to weight loss. If your smartphone has a built in activity tracker then you can use it to count the steps you take daily, and Movesum will tell you how many calories you burnt that day. It's a free app for Android and iOS that connects with your phone's activity tracker, takes your daily activity information, and translates it into food you've burnt off. Read More

Remember Where You Parked & Get Alerts When Your Meter Is About To Expire [iOS]

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The Seinfeld episode Parking Garage is about a very real problem that dozens of people face everyday i.e., remembering where they parked. At the time the sitcom was made, smartphones simply didn't exist. There were no smart apps or handy little devices that you could maybe stick to your car to locate it more easily. It was just you and your brain back then but not any more. QuickPark is a free iOS app that helps you remember where you parked and reminds you that your meter is about to run out. Read More

The 30 Most Popular iOS Posts Of 2015

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In 2015 some truly awesome iOS apps debuted and Apple released iOS 9 which had quite the odd bugs to its name. iOS 9 came with new features noteworthy of which is the new battery saving feature and the image annotation feature in the Mail app. Big name companies like Microsoft and Google released popular titles for the iOS platform like Office Lens and Chrome Remote Desktop. Here are the most popular iOS posts we covered in 2015. Read More

Use RGB Values To Set A Custom Color For Text In MS Office

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All Microsoft Office Suite apps have template support; you can create a standard document layout, complete with a locked down or predetermined color scheme, set margins and layouts, and save it as a template. The apps in the Office Suite come with a lot of pre-loaded color schemes but if they aren't enough for you, you can always make your own. When it comes to colors and color schemes, you have a choice to use the default colors of a theme, a shade of one of the default colors, or set a custom color. If you're trying to use your company's colors in the document,  here's how you can get an exact match with the RGB values of a color. Read More

Add Password Protection To Any File From Your Browser

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Apps like Microsoft's Office Suite have built-in password protection for files. Adobe's Acrobat app has one too in case you want to password protect a PDF file. There are few other apps out there that allow you to add a password to a file and the go-to solution for adding password protection to any file is to simply zip it, and add a password during the compression process. If you ever find yourself working on a system that doesn't have an app for zipping files, you can give ZipIt a try. It's a web browser based encryption app that lets you lock any file with a password. It works entirely in your browser with no installation of any kind required. Read More

How To Play Games With Your Friends Over Chromecast

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Chromecast is used mostly for watching movies and TV shows on a big screen. If you never dig deeper into what the device can do, chances are you'll always use it as a means to avoid using an HDMI cable and nothing more. Chromecast can be used for a lot of things and even as far as entertainment goes, movies aren't the end of it. You can play games with your friends over the Chromecast. We don't mean big title games like those on Steam but smaller ones that you can play with your phone acting as the controller. Here's how. Read More

Play Music From Your Dropbox Account When You’re Offline [iOS]

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Dropbox has always made sure your files are on whatever device you need them to be. It's one of the best apps in the market for syncing and backing up files and it's saved lives on occasion with its version restore feature. What the app and service aren't used for is backing up music. Audio files can be played from its mobile apps but the experience is far from what you'd get if you could play music from Dropbox via an actual music app. Meet Jukebox, a free iOS app that can download music from your Dropbox account and let you listen to it in a proper music player. Read More

Hide Your ‘Seen’ Status On Whatsapp For Web [Firefox]

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Whatsapp introduced a web version of its popular messaging platform at the start of 2015. It's been a whole year since Whatsapp for web was introduced but in addition to the service remaining tied to your smartphone, the web version hasn't been updated with any notable features. All it does is allow you to send and receive messages, customize new message alerts, and mute a conversation. In stark contrast, the smartphone apps for Whatsapp offer more features one of which allows you to disable 'read' receipts. The web version isn't as lucky but ShutApp is a Firefox add-on that can help. Once enabled, it lets you read messages on Whatsapp for web but doesn't send a 'seen' report nor does it mark the message as read. Read More

Play Movies From A Media Server To Your TV Using Your Phone [Chromecast]

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We reviewed Plex as a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast app. Plex basically creates a media server on your PC but it's popularity stems from its support for Chromecast which very few other media server apps to. If you're already using a different media server app and don't want to switch to Plex, or it's near competitor Emby, you can instead use your iPhone or Android phone to control the media and cast it to your Chromecast. We've combed the app stores for both iOS and Android to find apps that let you play movies and TV shows from a media server and cast it to your TV. Read More

Play Windows Games On Your iPad Or Android Tablet

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PC games very rarely have mobile versions and that's to be expected since a mobile device can't give the same experience as a desktop. Even if you were to use a mobile device that came packed with the best hardware available, playing the game wouldn't be the same. Remotr is a desktop streaming app that comes with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone clients and it seeks to challenge this very notion. The app lets you play games installed and running on your Windows PC from your mobile phone or tablet. The apps can detect which games you have installed and you can launch a game on your computer from one of the mobile apps. The mobile apps let you configure on-screen game controls to play the games. Read More