Share Song Links And Give Users The Choice To Listen In YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Or Deezer

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We share songs with friends in lots of different ways. We can post them on social media and share them over the many messaging apps we use to keep in touch with friends and family. SongLink is a URL generating app that is built for just such a purpose. The app generates links to songs and when they're opened, the recipient is asked which of five supported apps, iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube, or Deezer, they want to open the song in. A recipient need only set the preference once and from that point forward, all song links that you generate from SongLink will open in that app for that particular user. Read More

How To Set Up Plex To Cast Movies & TV Shows Over Chromecast [Guide]

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Plex is an app that is exceptionally popular for streaming movies and TV shows. It's become a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast. The app plays media in exceptional quality and you can add your media library to it making it super easy to access and play. It supports a large number of media formats and is built to recognize episode and seasons of TV shows. The only tricky part is setting it up. If you've been wanting to try Plex out on your computer but aren't quite clear on how to get it to read your library, here's a quick guide to help you do just that and start casting to your TV. Read More

Check If A Hotel Review Is Genuine Or Fake

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The South Park episode 'Sponsored Content' touched on how it's nearly impossible to judge an ad from actual authentic content. It was exaggerated to some point but what isn't on South Park? What you can take away from the episode, if nothing else, is that people are getting smarter with advertisements. When you buy something online, whether it's a phone case, or a laptop, you look at the reviews a product has. When you rent a room at a hotel, it's the same and hotel reviews can be fake. Review Skeptic is a web app that judges if a hotel review is real or fake. It bases its judgment on factors identified in a research done at Cornell University. Read More

How To Fix Out Of Sync Subtitles In VLC Player

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People watch movies and TV shows with subtitles for a variety of reasons. You can get subtitles as a stand-alone file that you later load in your media player, or you can get hard-coded subtitles that are part of the media file. Needless to say if you have a media file with hardcoded subtitles any errors you might get with them are not errors that are going to go away. If however you have subtitles in a stand alone SRT file, you can fix a lot of problems that may occur such as subtitles being out of sync. Subtitles being out of sync means that the subtitles are showing dialogue that has already been spoken on-screen, or that has yet to be spoken. If you use VLC player to watch movies, there is a built-in fix for out of sync subtitles. Read More

Add A Map To Offline Areas In Google Maps & Use It When There Is No Internet

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Cell phones have become exceptionally powerful but you are still warned against relying on them in an emergency. Where the devices themselves aren't going to just fail for no reason, the service that powers most of their features might. You may suddenly find yourself in a place with no cell phone reception and unable to call for help. It's more a failure on part of your carrier than it is on the part of your phone manufacturer but the bottom line is your phone isn't always going to be there for you. You don't just need reception to make a phone call but also to access the internet. If you're ever heading out to a place where you think you might have bad coverage and you're relying on Google Maps to get you to your destination, it's a good idea to save a section of the map under 'Offline Area' so you can look at it even when there isn't an active internet connection. Here's how. Read More

Ten Best Windows Apps Of 2015

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2015 was a year that revolved, for better or for worse, around Windows 10. The new OS took center stage with few notable apps coming out, and even fewer being reviewed here. That said, there were still a few great apps that we reviewed last year for the Windows platform. Here are the ten best Windows apps we reviewed last year. Read More

How To Fix Photos Not Appearing In Camera Roll In iOS

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A few days ago, my iPhone randomly stopped saving photos to the Photos app. The photos I took via the Camera app appeared as little thumbnails in the app but when I switched to the Photos app they weren't there. Another error I kept encountering was that I was unable to send photos over iMessages. As soon as I would select the photo, the Messages app would freeze. A quick search showed this problem has been plaguing users since iOS 8.1 with no solution in sight and no acknowledgement from Apple that this was a genuine problem. The good news is that there's a pretty easy solution that worked on my phone and here it is. Read More

Send Location Triggered Messages To A Contact [Android]

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It's common practice to check in with someone, or to have someone check in with you when they've reached home. You might be going home alone, or you might be worried about a friend or family member reaching home safely. In either case, people will send a quick message or make a short phone call to reassure whoever is waiting that they've arrived at their destination safely. Buzzer is an Android app that automates that. You can save different locations to it such as work and home, and each time you arrive at the location, a message can be configured to be sent out to one or multiple contacts. Read More

How To Stop Windows 10 Randomly Waking From Sleep

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Windows 10 is plagued by the oddest of bugs. One recurring problem that many users face is when they put their systems to sleep. The system will seemingly wake up at random times. It might stay awake or return shortly to its sleep state without any reason for it coming out of it. Turns out, there might be a legit reason it's happening; you're allowing it to (though perhaps you don't know it). Windows has for a long time, at least as far back as Windows 7, allowed 'wake timers' to wake up your system from sleep. By default, they are disabled but Windows 10 might have enabled them for particular power plans, hence your system is waking up for no apparent reason. Here's how to turn it off. Read More

How To Play Local Audio Files Over Chromecast [Android]

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Android 6.0 has built-in support for the Chromecast making it easy to play videos and show photos from your device on your TV or monitor. The built-in support even lets you cast your Android screen to your TV without needing to install any additional apps, and without you having to purchase a smart TV to do it. That said, there isn't any support for Chromecast as far as the default music player is concerned meaning you can't stream your audio to your TV. If you use services like Pandora and Spotify, their apps might have built-in support for casting audio. If however, you have music files stored on your device's storage that you want to cast, the default music player cannot cast them to your TV. If you're looking for an app that does cast local audio files, Rocket Music Player is the answer. Read More

How To Clear The Google Play Store Cache In Android 6.0

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The Google Play store is prone to generating odd sorts of errors. Sometimes it will fail to connect with the right service while other times it might fail to download, install, or update an app. The errors come and go on their own and for some users, the only thing they can do is wait for it to fix itself. That said, a lot of the errors that Google Play Store encounters can be mitigated by clearing the app's cache which is simple enough to do unless you're using Android 6.0. In prior versions of Android, resetting and clearing the data and cache of an app was obvious. All you had to do was go to Settings>Applications>Manage Applications, tap on the Google Play store and tap the 'Clear Cache' and 'Clear Data' buttons. In Android 6.0, these buttons aren't there any more and the process is now slightly different. Read More

What Is The Difference Between Portable & Installable Apps?

When downloading apps, you might have been presented with the option to download the install or portable version of the same app. If it's the first time you're hearing of apps being 'portable' you might wonder if there's a catch to it. You might also question why all apps aren't developed to be portable since it is very obviously possible. We're addressing the pros and cons of using a portable vs. installable version of the same app and why some apps simply do not have a portable version when others do. Read More

Disable The Adobe Reader Splash Screen & Go Straight To Your File

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Adobe's applications, Reader, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc., all have a splash or start-up screen. With heavier apps like Illustrator and Photoshop, the splash screens serve as a reassurance that the app has launched and is readying for use. Often, if you've opened a file with either of these two apps, the splash screen remains visible while the file and app loads. With Adobe Reader, the splash screen has little role to play especially if you're using the app to open a local PDF file. PDF files may be large in size but they aren't really considered 'heavy' files like PSDs are. If you find the splash screen that Adobe Reader shows to be pointless, you can easily disable it. Read More

Check If A Movie Is Appropriate For Family Viewing Or Not

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Movies that are meant for the entire family are labelled and marketed as such. Most family movies will feature a family in them, have a serious lack of on-screen deaths, little to no blood, definitely no strong language, and no nudity or explicit scenes. They're limited in their story and scope and come off as recycled story lines but watching anything else with the family is a risk. You never know when a spatter of blood, an unexpected decapitation, or a bit too much skin will upset someone. CringeMDB is a little web app that tells you if a movie that isn't explicitly aimed towards families is okay to watch with your entire family. The app works for movies released between 1995 and 2015. Read More

How To Cast Your Desktop Audio To Chromecast

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Windows 10 has native support for the Chromecast and it's terrible. More often than not, the OS simply fails to find the Chromecast device even though apps and browser extensions installed on the system can find it just fine. If you're using any version of Windows that isn't Windows 10, you have to rely on your audio or video app of choice to support Chromecast. Audio Caster is a free app available for both Windows and OS X that lets you cast all audio from your computer to your Chromecast. You need only launch the app and select your device to begin casting the audio. Read More

Quick Tip: Hold Down The Alt Key To Copy Words In Hyperlink

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We've all at one time or the other needed to copy hyperlinked text. It ought to be easy to do but it turns into a dance we do with our cursor and browser trying to trick the two into letting us select the text. It's definitely do-able but with a lot of trial and error. Often, we simply end up copying more text than we intend to. With complex websites it gets trickier because we often end up copying the text in columns, and its various UI elements. There is however, an exponentially easy way to simply copy the text that is linked to a different location. Here's how. Read More

25 Useful Tips All Windows 10 Users Should Know About

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2015 was a great year for anyone awaiting the arrival of Windows 10. Windows 10 promised to cure everything wrong with Windows 8 and it didn't disappoint us. We covered the new operating system extensively with posts on how to deal with the little bugs that plague it, and hacks for getting it to work better and more to your liking. Windows 10 had a lot for us to explore so here's a list of the 25  best Windows 10 tips and tricks we covered in 2015. Read More

How To Set Time Limit For Local Accounts In Windows 10

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Parental controls in Windows 10 have changed so that they are tied to your Microsoft account. QUite a few features in the new operating system are dependant on a Microsoft account. You can use a local account on your computer but by doing so you lose out on some features, parental controls being one of them. At present, if you want to use parental controls, you need to connect your Microsoft account to the main administrator account and then add child accounts to it. If you'd rather use a local account, setting restrictions can be tricky. There is no GUI to add them but you can use the command line instead. Here's how to set up log in time restrictions for local accounts on Windows 10. Read More

How To Add A Full Page Background To An MS Word Document

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If you ever wanted to print out an MS Word document on a colored page, you would likely just type the document out on a plain white background and insert a colored page in the printer when you print it. The same can't be said if you want to add an image to the background of a page. There's the watermark option to make do with but if you're interested in adding a full page background image to a document and have it tile properly if needed, there's a built-in feature to do just that. Read More

How To Queue YouTube Videos To Play On Chromecast

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If you have a Chromecast connected to the same network as your computer, the player on YouTube will show a cast button so you can easily cast the video to your TV. YouTube on the web, and the YouTube apps connect very intelligently with Chromecast and they go so far as to allow you to queue up videos to watch. Once you've cast one video to your TV, you are free to browse YouTube and queue more videos that you find interesting to play. Here's how. Read More