How To Get Ubuntu And Bash Running On Windows 10

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One of the biggest announcements made at Microsoft Build 2016 was that Ubuntu and Bash were coming to Windows. For the developer community, this is big news. The stable release of a Windows 10 version that supports bash isn't going to be out until summer but an insider build has already been released to the Fast ring that can download Ubuntu and run Bash. If you're wondering how you can get bash going and download Ubuntu on Windows 10, here's a simple guide. Read More

How To Switch To The Fast Ring In The Windows Insider Program

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Microsoft has made it incredibly easy for anyone to test out the beta builds for Windows 10. It regularly releases these builds to everyone who has joined the insider program via Windows updates. If you've joined the insider program you are probably aware that there are two release channels that Microsoft calls 'rings'. The Slow ring as its name signifies gets the latest build later while the Fast ring gets them much sooner. When you join the insider program, you are by default sent to the Slow ring. Here's how you can switch to the Fast ring and get newer builds much sooner. Read More

Mute ‘Reply All’ Messages In A Gmail Thread Unless You Are Emailed Directly

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At some point in our lives we've all accidentally hit the 'Reply all' button and sent a message that was meant for one person to everyone in a conversation thread. Depending on what might have been said in the message damage control followed. Most people make this mistake once or twice but if you find yourself part of a Gmail conversation thread where people keep hitting the 'Reply all' button unnecessarily, you can check yourself out of the conversation until and unless a message in the thread is sent specifically to you. Here's how. Read More

Add Tasks To Todo.txt From A Modern UI App & Sync It To Dropbox [Windows]

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You can use a simple text file created in Notepad to keep track of things you need to get done. By naming it todo.txt, and using the correct syntax you can track the things you need to remember and the things you've done from this list. If you find entering syntax is tedious give ActionText a try. It's a free Windows app that can add and tracks things you need to get done via the Todo.txt file. You can save the file anywhere you want including your Dropbox folder and have your list of to-dos sync to any device. Read More

Make Your Writing Easier To Read By Using 1000 Commonly Used Words

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Writing is tricky business; you don't just have to get words out on paper, you also have to make sure what you've written can be understood by whoever reads it. This is often the more daunting part of writing because you can rarely guesstimate the comprehension level of your reader. EasyWrite a little text analyzing web app that aims to make your writing easier to understand. The app has a database of the one thousand most commonly used words and when your writing contains a word that can be substituted by one that is more commonly used, EasyWrite highlights it. Read More

How To Use The Text Formatting Features In Whatsapp

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Whatsapp has been in the news as of late for adding end-to-end encryption to both text based and voice based messages. It also quietly added another feature at the end of last month; text formatting. Text formatting means you can now make text appear bold, italicized, and struck through in your conversations. The feature doesn't come in the form of dedicated buttons that will let you select text and apply the formatting style. Instead you have to use the correct syntax around the text you want to apply the formatting to. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Your PC Into A Hotspot For Your WiFi Connection [Windows]

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Smartphones make it exceptionally easy to turn a data connection into a hotspot for others to connect to. If nothing else you can use it to connect your laptop to the internet. Turning your PC into a hotspot is a different story though. It's entirely possible but not as easy as it is on your phone. If you're looking for the simplest and quickest way to turn your Windows PC into a hotspot, Hosted Network Options is the way to do it. It's a free Windows app that will let you turn your system into a hotspot with little to no effort required. Read More

Teach Cortana To Know Which App You Are Searching For In Windows 10

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Open Cortana and type in Notepad. Before you even finish typing out the word 'Note' it will have listed all matching apps and files that begin with the letters you've typed. The first result is of course going to be the default Notepad app and if that's the app you wanted to quickly open then you're all set. If however you wanted to open a different app with a name similar to Notepad, such as Notepad++, then you might not like that the first result is always the Notepad app and you have to manually select the second or third result which is actually relevant for you. Cortana lists Notepad because it's obvious but also because it doesn't yet know which app you want to use. Here's how you can teach it know which app to show first. Read More

Cast Your YouTube, Twitter, And Reddit Feed To Chromecast [Android]

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A while back we reviewed an Android app called Trending Videos Cast that searched for trending videos on YouTube and other popular media channels. It then cast those videos to your Chromecast saving you the trouble of finding and queuing them yourself. The app, as we noted in our review, left much to be desired for but was nevertheless a pretty good concept. Scarlett for Chromecast is a free Android app that addresses many of the areas where Trending Videos Cast was lacking. Apart from the much more sleek and clean interface, the app can connect with your YouTube and Twitter accounts and display the feed from each one. It can also cast videos popular on Reddit and comes with a nice dashboard for when the app is idle. Read More

Add An OS X Like File Preview Feature To Windows 10

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OS X has a preview feature that can be used to get a quick look at files. The feature supports different file formats allowing users to take a look at images, text files, documents, etc. If the feature appeals to you then Seer is a free Windows app that you should check out. It mimics this exact same feature on Windows 10 down to the keyboard shortcut that opens the preview. All you have to do is select a file and hit the Space bar to preview it. Read More

How To Report A Player For Cheating In iOS Game Center

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Game Center in iOS is pretty awesome when it comes to multiplayer games. Titles like Letterpress, Tallchess, and Fruit Ninja can connect with Game Center and allow a player to challenge a friend or find a random match to play against. Game titles like Temple Run use it to send challenges to your friends daring them to beat your score. The thing is, not everyone plays fair and some players cheat. If you know a player is cheating you can report them in Game Center. Here's how. Read More

Ace Your Driving Test With Mock DMV Tests For Your State [Andriod]

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Learning to drive is a small milestone in anyone's life and passing a driving test is something of an obstacle. Besides the practical part there is the very important written test that you have to pass. The test determines whether or not you know the rules of the road and you have to get more than half the questions right in order to pass. Failing to pass this test means you aren't getting your license and it can be daunting to prepare for the test simply because of this. DMV Genie is a free Android app that aims to help you prepare for the written test administered at DMVs in the United States. It's equipped to take into account the varying rules in different states and the kind of license you are applying for. Read More

How To Add Alt Text To An Image On Twitter

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A large volume of media is shared on Twitter daily. It may not come close to rivaling Facebook in terms of images shared but images are nevertheless a very popular way of sharing content. Twitter expanded its image sharing capabilities by allowing users to share up to four images at once and even letting them search for and add GIFs to a tweet from inside the mobile apps. The latest improvement made for image sharing on the platform is the ability to add alt text to an image when it's tweeted. The feature is meant to help users with visual impairments make sense of images they come across in their timelines. Of course, people have to add an ALT text to an image in order for anyone with an impairment to take advantage of it. Here's how you can enable and use the feature. Read More

Display Hardware Diagnostics Information In An Elegant Sidebar [Windows]

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Windows 10 bid farewell to widgets. More often than not widgets were a resource hog and many people considered them useless add-ons that served as distractions on the desktop. Even if you discounted all this simply because a widget gave you useful information that you needed handy, the widgets were still an eye-sore that would not have worked with the new UI of windows 10. While widgets have been officially discontinued, small apps exist to take their place and SidebarDiagnostics is one of them. It's a very elegant free Windows app that puts hardware diagnostics information in a side panel on your screen. The panel can be docked to either side of the screen, pinned to the top, or set to collapse when another window is active. It looks nice on Windows 7 and 8, on Windows 10 it blends seamlessly with the UI. Read More

What Does Ubuntu Coming To Windows 10 Mean For End Users?

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Yesterday at Microsoft Build 2016, Microsoft announced that Ubuntu was coming to Windows 10. This announcement is huge and people have been crying tears of joy ever since. A lot of people are eager to get started with the build that supports Ubuntu but for end users who know nothing more about Ubuntu other than its name and Linux origins, this might be a cause for alarm or general confusion. Ubuntu is a perfectly functional operating system in its own regard and it might make little sense to add one operating system to another. The thing is, that's not what Microsoft is doing. It isn't literally importing another OS into Windows 10. It is instead adding support for certain libraries and tools that developers need to use often. Here's a quick breakdown of what this means. Read More

How To Take Screenshots On A Surface Tablet & Touch Screen Laptop In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a built-in screenshot tool that lets you capture your entire screen or capture the active window on your screen. The screenshots are automatically saved to a Screenshots folder in the Pictures library. The feature works flawlessly until you try and use it on a tablet where you may have nothing more than the on-screen keyboard to work with. The on-screen keyboard, whether it's the default layout or the standard keyboard layout lacks the PrntScr key that is needed to execute the screenshot function. In order to take a screenshot on the Surface tablet, or a touch screen laptop that you're using in tablet mode you have to use the hard keys on the side of the device, just like a smartphone. Read More

Here’s A Harmless Prank You Can Play On April Fools’ Day

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April Fools' day is around the corner and that means you should expect to be pranked. Likewise, you should also try and get a successful prank under your belt this year provided it's harmless and will only cause someone mild annoyance or slight discomfort. As far as harmless office pranks go, you can always tape some paper to the bottom of an optical mouse but if you're looking for a slightly more ambitious yet still harmless prank, we highly recommend this CD/DVD drive prank that has been around for ages. Read More

How To Check The Readability Of Document In MS Word

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Writing a technical document isn't the most fun thing to do but it requires a person to be concise and use the simplest of terminologies. What's more is that you likely know the comprehension level of your target audience and you know they will understand the terms used as well as the context they have been used in. The same can't be said for non-technical writing . Any time you're writing fiction, or even if you're writing a report, it has to be easy to understand. The readability of a report isn't just about how dense the vocabulary used is but also how complex your sentences are. MS Word has a built-in readability tool that checks the readability of document on two different indices. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Use Shortcuts & Quickly Enter Numbers From The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10

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The on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 tablet mode isn't the most feature rich. If you compare it to the keyboards that are available for tablets, you realize just how long a way Microsoft has to go to catch up. Even the keyboard on Windows 10 Mobile is exponentially better than the one on Windows 10 desktop. That said, it still isn't impossible to work with. The simplified default on-screen keyboard lacks both a Windows key and the Alt and Function keys. You have to switch layouts if you want to enter a symbol or a number however you can make use of the default keyboard's built-in key shortcuts and do it all from the same layout out. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Touch Screen On A Two-In-One Windows 10 Laptop

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Touch screen laptops have been around a while but it was Windows 8 and 10 that made them somewhat more common than they were before. Windows 10 is built for both a normal desktop or laptop but also for a touch interface. It works best if you're using a Surface Pro but it works reasonably well with a touch screen laptop as well. If you've bought a touch screen laptop and found the touch interface to be lacking you can disable it all-together. Here's how. Read More