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 Scan & Digitize Your Old Photographs With Your Phone

Digital cameras, when they fist appeared on shelves, were expensive. It took a while for them to get cheaper and for phones on cameras to get better. Most people continued to use standard film cameras for capturing the special events in their lives. The photos were developed and either stored in bulky albums or put away in shoe boxes. Digital cameras and smartphones have made point and shoot cameras obsolete but they didn't get rid of our old photographs. Those, at the time expensive to develop memories, were printed on a standard 4x6 photographic sheet and they live in our small storage spaces. You can scan them to preserve a digital copy but that is quite a time consuming task. Google has just released a new app called PhotoScan that lets you use your phone to scan and digitize your old photographs. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use QR Codes For Twitter Accounts

Twitter has rolled out QR codes because, why not? Facebook's Messenger app has them. The Twitter QR codes allow you to scan a code and automatically start following the account it belongs to. Likewise you can get a QR code for your Twitter profile and share it wherever you want. QR codes are available for all types of accounts i.e. verified and unverified. Since it impractical to scan or share a QR code from Twitter's web interface, they cannot be accessed from it. A QR code can only be copied and shared from Twitter's official mobile apps. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Take A Screenshot Of The Touch Bar On A Macbook Pro

Screenshots have long been a standard feature on Apple's devices. Both iOS device and Macs have the ability to take a screenshot of your display. Macs, being a desktop system, have far richer options for taking screenshots and the quality is exceptional. In stark contrast, Windows has always lagged behind in this regard. Even now, with Windows 10, users can only take a full screen screenshot. Apple's latest line of Macbook Pros, all 2016 and above models, come with a Touch Bar. It's a touch display that shows you different buttons based on the current app you're working with. Apple has duly included a way to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar. Here's how. 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 Find Your Nearest Coffee Shop [iOS]

There is no need to explain how important coffee is. Most people run it, or on the slightly milder version of it i.e., tea. For anyone who needs a cup, or three, of coffee to start the day, there is a system in place for getting it. The average person knows all the coffee shops near them, and on their way to work. That said, when you're visiting a new place, you need to be able to find coffee easily or the world will perish. Coffee NSEW is a free iOS app that points you to the nearest coffee shop. 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

How To Manage Playback Quality Over Cellular And WiFi Networks For The TV App In iOS 10

A dedicated TV app is coming to iOS. It has already debuted in the iOS 10.2 beta that is available for developers and users part of the public beta. The app lets you download content to watch,  and sync your library to your Apple TV. It also looks like the app will function even if you don't have an Apple TV. The TV app can download/stream content over both WiFi and cellular networks. You have the option to prevent it from downloading content over a cellular network and choose what quality it downloads the content in. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Lyrics In A Floating Window For The Current Spotify Track

Spotify for macOS and Windows used to support lyrics. It had to remove lyrics from the app when their partnership with Musixmatch came to an end. It's lyrics came from the service and with the contract ended, support for lyrics has yet to return. The app instead suggests you just hum the song. If you're unhappy about it, Lyricfier is an app that you will want to check out. It's available for macOS, Windows, and even Linux. It shows you lyrics to the track currently playing in Spotify and lets you pin the lyrics window to the top. Read More

How To Enable LED Flash Alerts Only When Your iPhone Is Silent

The iPhone doesn't have a dedicated LED notification light. iOS on the other hand has long supported LED alerts for new notifications. When enabled, your iPhone uses the camera's flash to send the LED alerts. It flashes whenever there is a new notification. It goes without saying that the camera flash is far more power hungry than any LED light on an Android phone will ever be. It is never a good idea as far as battery life is concerned to enable the LED alerts. As of iOS 10 though, there is a new option for enabling LED alerts. You can enable them for all new notifications, or you can enable them only when your iPhone is in silent mode. Here's how. Read More

How To Add A TV Provider Account In iOS 10

Apple has steadily been releasing iOS 10.2 betas to both developers and the public. One of the major new features coming to iPhones with iOS 10.2 is the TV app. Apple has been working to improve Apple TV and there is now a companion app for it on the iPhone. The app doesn't do much just now. It has a store of its own for downloading content, and it can manager your library. Most of it isn't functional. The TV app also has a setting preference of its own in the Settings app however, iOS 10.2 also has a brand new setting for adding TV providers that will work with the TV app. Here's how you can add a TV provider in iOS 10.2 Read More

How To Listen To Podcasts And Watch YouTube Videos In VLC

VLC player is the go-to media player for just about everything for three reasons; it's awesome, it supports almost every media format there is, and it's open source. VLC player has richest set of features for video playback. Default media players on both macOS and Windows do not come close. It is only as of Windows 10 that support for subtitles has improved in the Videos app though there are no options for adjusting them during playback. VLC does more than just play your movies for you. It can also play podcasts and YouTube videos. The trick is to know how since it doesn't have a menu label to that effect. Read More

How To Print Black & White In Microsoft Edge In Windows 10

Browsers let you send a print job to your printer. You can print a PDF file or even a web page. Although browsers support printing, web content itself isn't optimized for it. You will see a lot of colors on an average web page that is simply meant to be read. The print dialog in some browsers might do away with ads when you print a web page but Microsoft Edge doesn't. Instead, it gives you a photocopy of the web page, colors and all, to send to your printer. That doesn't mean Edge can't send a black & white print job to your printer. You just need to know how to change the color settings. Here's how. Read More

How To Scan A File Via VirusTotal Before You Download It

VirusTotal lets you scan a file for malicious programs that might come bundled with an otherwise trustworthy app. We normally download an app and then scan it via the VirusTotal website. The scan is accurate but if it could come before a file is downloaded, it can save us time. Download Virus Checker is a Firefox add-on and a Chrome extension that scans a file via the VirusTotal API before it begins to download. Read More

How To Disable Learning New Words With SwiftKey’s Incognito Mode

Android has long supported third-party keyboards and Swiftkey is one of the most popular keyboards available for Android. Swiftkey is pretty awesome and it can take what Google has learned about your typing habits and incorporate it. That said, your keyboard should not learn all the words that you type. There are some you can do without adding to the keyboard's knowledge base. It can mess with the auto-correct and effect your typing which is why Swiftkey has introduced an incognito mode. The incognito mode switches off learning while you type. Read More

How To Enable Screen Filters To Compensate For Color Blindness In Android

Technology has long been playing an important part in helping people with disabilities live better lives. Disabilities that have a bigger impact on a person's quality of life such as PTSD or an amputated limb get more attention in terms of treatment since they are harder to overcome. That doesn't mean other more manageable disabilities are overlooked. Color blindness is a vision impairment that prevents people from seeing colors correctly. On the surface of it, you aren't blind and can live a relatively normal life. In reality, you have a genuine problem seeing things properly. The problem can't be corrected with a standard pair of prescription glasses. This is precisely where technology makes life easier. If you use an Android phone, anything that runs Android 6.0 or above, you can enable screen filters that compensate for your particular type of color blindness. Here's how. Read More

How To See A Color Corrected World Using Your iPhone

Color blindness is not the kind of vision impairment you can fix with laser surgery. There are specials Enchroma glasses available to fix color blindness. They aren't the cheapest, especially if you compare them to normal prescription glasses. To make life easier for those who are color blind, technology tries to compensate for it via special accessibility features. Both iOS and Android have color correction options available. Binoculars is an iOS app released by Microsoft that lets you see a color corrected world via your camera. The app is basically a camera app that isn't meant for taking photos but for looking at the world and seeing it better. It has filters for all three types of color blindness defects. Read More

How To Add Effects To Your Audio Messages In iOS 10

The Messages app in iOS lets you send audio messages. Granted, only your iMessage contacts can send and receive an audio message, but it is nevertheless a useful feature. As of iOS 10, iOS users have specific apps for the Messages app. Most of these apps are for sending stickers but every now and then there's an app that does something different. Another Voice is a free iMessage app that lets you modify your voice when you send an audio message. It comes with preset effects. You select the effect you want to use, and then record your message. You can playback the message before sending it. You must have iOS 10 installed in order to use this app. Read More

How To Get The Pixel Phone’s Wallpapers App

Wallpapers aren't something you'd call a feature. Every phone has a wallpaper and every phone lets you choose freely what image you set as your wallpaper. That said, good wallpapers are hard to come by. You might find some great collections and galleries if you regularly browse Imgur but nice HD wallpapers that are the right size for your phone are harder to come by. It's precisely why wallpapers that Google or Apple release for their respective smartphone operating systems are so popular. The Google Pixel phones are no exception, in fact, they come with a dedicated Wallpapers app. The app, even in its preview state, has been so popular that Google released it all Android phones.  The Wallpapers app gives five wallpaper collection to choose from. You get a new wallpaper daily. You can select any one wallpaper for both your lock screen and home screen, or you can enable daily wallpapers. Read More