Set Timer For System Restart, Hibernate, Sleep, Shutdown & Sign Out [Windows]

Some apps, those that handle long processes such as torrent downloaders, have a built-in feature that will shut down your system once a process completes. Unfortunately, where this feature is exceptionally useful, it is also rare to come by in most apps. PowerKit is a free Windows app, compatible with Windows 7 and 8/8.1, that lets you schedule system shutdown, restart, hibernate, and sign out. You can set the schedule for a specific time or after a fixed duration. The process, once initiated, can be aborted at any time. Read More

What To Do If You Don’t See The Upgrade To Windows 10 App

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If you're anxiously waiting for Windows 10 (release date set for July 29, 2015) then it's likely you try to keep up with the latest news about the new OS. Today, the internet is buzzing with news of a new app called Upgrade to Windows 10 that has 'magically' appeared to help them reserve a copy of the new OS when it becomes available. That said, some of you might not be seeing this new app. If that's the case, here are a few things you can try. This post has been updated with a new solution that lets you bypass the Get Windows 10 app and reservation system altogether. Read More

How To Check Device & App Compatibility Before Reserving A Windows 10 Copy

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Windows 10 is coming July 29, 2015. Rejoice. Microsoft has taken just everything you hated about Windows 8/8.1 and made it all better. Microsoft is also being considerably more aggressive about getting people to upgrade to the next version and I for one am very impressed with the effort they've put in. A recent Windows update will have added a new app for reserving a copy of Windows 10, which is free for everyone on Windows 7 and 8/8.1. The app includes a very useful feature that will check if your PC is compatible with Windows 10. Most PCs will be compatible but the app is still really useful because it tells you if a certain device or app that you've currently installed on your system will work once you've upgraded. Here's how to run the check. Read More

Group Emails By Type And Send Quick Replies [iOS]

Mailstrom is an old, and exceptionally useful tool that helps you clean up your inbox. It's one of those innovative services that to date does not have anything that remotely compares to it. Spark is somewhere in the same category. It's an iOS app for managing email. It's safe to say that email management, while not a saturated niche, has quite a few existing apps and services that aim to make it easier and Spark is just another entry. What sets it apart is its smart inbox which will separate emails by date and type. Once you've connected your email account(s) and Spark has synced your email, it sorts it into categories; New, Newsletters, Notifications, and Pinned emails. You can then sort through the type of email you need to read first. It takes some hint from Gmail's Inbox and has a snooze feature that you can use to set a reminder for answering an email or following up on it. It has three quick response buttons that you need only tap to send a reply to an email and a pin feature that lets you pin emails to a separate inbox, much like 'starring' or 'favoriting' an email. Last, but certainly not least, the app has an amazing number of customization features. Read More

Annotate, Blur Or Add Shapes To Screenshots On Your iPhone

Whenever I need to share a screenshot taken on my phone, I often have to stop to remove personal information from it. This process has me going through several different apps just to highlight the area that I want to bring attention to or add text to an image while scribbling over the information I want to hide. This is probably because most photo editing apps for phones are meant to enhance photos, frame them, or make them more visually appealing for Instagram. Apps that target screenshots are rare and often carry a price tag just to try out. Pinpoint is a free iOS app that lets you add text, a pixelated blur box, and arrows, to screenshots directly from your iPhone. The app has one color, red with bold white outline for the text and shapes however, you can get more colors with an in-app purchase. Read More

Change The Font & Style Of Numbers In An MS Word List

I'm learning about this a good five years too late but you can set a different font for the numbers used in the automated number lists in MS Word. In fact, you can even make them bold, underlined, or in italics without changing the font of the text that follows it. The feature has been around long enough, as far back as 2003. It may escape most people's notice because the option gives no indication that it is meant for just the numbered list. The devil is in details, or more precisely, what is selected when you bring up the font editing window. Read More

Organize Tabs Into Groups You Can Name & Easily Switch Between Them [Chrome]

Grouping tabs together isn't a novel idea. For most of us, we group our tabs subconsciously when we open them in different windows. Perhaps we dedicate a window to just emails that need answering, and the second one to the YouTube videos that need to buffer before you can watch them. Spaces is a Chrome extension that lets you group the tabs you have open into spaces. It's a lot like the group tabs feature in Firefox except it is easier to switch between your groups, you can name the groups, and you don't necessarily have to open a link to add it to a group. Read More

5 New Improvements Chrome Just Made To Its Bookmarks Manager

Chrome updates are not regularly covered on AddictiveTips but everyone once in a while, Chrome rolls out something that is awesome and we can't help but talk about it. Today, Chrome's new bookmarks manager is in the limelight. Not only does it have a new look but it's also made saving bookmarks, editing bookmark thumbnails, deleting bookmarks, and selecting which folder to save a bookmark to easier. The icing on this cake is a new 'notes' feature that lets you add a note to the page you are bookmarking so the next time you look at it, you know why you saved it. Read More

How To Extract All Images From MS Office Documents

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Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used productivity suites in the world. Online suites are gaining in popularity as is Apple's iWork but Office still enjoys wide appeal. MS Word is one of the go-to apps we use today for just about any and all documentation needs; CVs, reports, research papers, short stories or novels, and what not can all be written in the app. That said, and this is bound to have happened to you, if you ever got a report or even a presentation that contained lots of images that you wanted to use, you would have to save them individually. Fortunately, there is a simple little trick that lets you extract all images from an MS Office file in one go instead of having to save them one by one. This trick works for files with the DOCX, PPTX, XLSX extensions only. Your original file will remain intact and uncorrupted. Read More

Get Visual And Haptic Feedback From Your Phone When You Make A Typo [Android]

Autocorrect may have ensured that we make fewer mistakes when writing a report, or composing an email but it has affected how well we can spell and to some extent, it's also had an impact on how shortsighted we've become when typing and proofreading. We expect autocorrect to not only correct misspelled words but to also fill in for the ones we've missed and generally know what word it is we meant to type. It works great with spelling, not so great with grammar, and not at all when we make a typo. Tipo is a free Android keyboard that identifies when you've made a typo. The keyboard flashes red and you get haptic feedback from your device when an error has been made and autocorrect failed to fix it. The app is free but offers an upgrade of $0.99 that will help you improve your spelling. Read More

Use Voice Commands To Launch Apps & Run Scripts [Windows]

Personal assistants are fast becoming part of desktop and mobile operating systems. We've seen Siri, Cortana, and Google Now and they all seem impressive in their own right. The desktop still has a bit of way to go before it gets a personal assistant to match anything on mobile but the future does look bright. If you aren't too keen on waiting for the future of voice commands and would like something now rather than later, give VoiceBot a try. It's a free Windows app that lets you associate voice commands with actions like launching an app or running a script (among other things) and then executes them on command. The app lets you create profiles that you can associate different commands to. It has both a free and a paid version. The paid version lets you sync your profile between computers, run multiple actions in a single macro, and create unlimited profiles. Read More

How To Add Album Art & Update ID3 Tags For Music In Windows

Managing a music library takes time and effort. Unless you start out with the mindset to keep things organized, you will eventually end up with some cleaning up to do later on. The clean-up might be time-consuming if you need to update the ID3 tags or it might be simple like finding album art and adding it to your music files. If you use Windows Media Player or the Music app (Windows 8 & 10), here's how you can add album art to a music file and update its ID3 information without needing any extra apps. Read More

Create Screencasts And Upload Them Directly To YouTube [Windows]

Screencasting tools are either expensive or they are terribly limited when it comes to recording time. Free apps are rare to come by and often they will be low on features if they aren't limiting the length of the video or adding a watermark. TinyTake is a free app for Windows that, among many other things, lets you record a screencast upto 120 minutes (that's two hours, folks!). The catch? You start out with a five minute limit and can unlock longer recording lengths by sharing the app with a friend. Share it with 75 people and you unlock the 120 minute length. Once you've recorded a video, you can save it or upload it directly to YouTube. The video is automatically uploaded to TinyTake's servers when you save it and you can share a link to the video or download it to your local drive. Read More

Snap Photos To Create Lists And Sort Them With Action Based Tags [iOS]

Think of something you need to get done and it's likely to fall into one of nine categories according to NINE, a new list making app for iOS. NINE runs on a simple concept; anything that you need to remember or do can be sorted into nine types of actions; something you need to do, some place you need to go, something you have to buy, music you plan on checking out, a movie that you want to watch, a book you've been meaning to read, a little note you jotted down about something, something you really enjoyed and want to remember for later, and something you want to eat or cook. This app is only compatible with iOS 8. Read More

Use Your iPhone To Find Free WiFi Networks Anywhere In The World

Internet is a basic human right in some countries, while in others, it's pretty much a luxury. Regardless of what status the internet has where you live, free WiFi is something no one would say no to. WiFiMapper is a free iOS app that uses your location, and your WiFi radio to scan your surroundings for free WiFi networks. Naturally, the range is short but it's also a crowd-sourced tool for mapping all the free WiFi available in the world. Users can log places where free WiFi is available and they are displayed in the app on a map so you can see from miles away where free internet is available even if you can scan the area with your phone. Read More

New Features In Firefox 38 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 38 is out and the release brings a few noteworthy features for both desktop and mobile. Desktop users get a new Preferences UI. The window is now displayed in a tabbed format. It seems to be far more functional that what Firefox previously offered and allows you to quickly jump to a particular tab. Support for the autocomplete=off attribute has been removed, a copy option has been added to the Console, and then there are the usual security fixes. For Android users there is a lot to look forward to. Firefox 38 now has Material design, allows you to send a tab to any one of your synced devices, and lets you send a URL open in other apps to your Firefox bookmarks or reading list. Here's a quick look at these features. Read More

Run A Live Poll During A Presentation & Get Instant Results [PowerPoint]

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If you give presentations a lot, whether you're a speaker, trainer, or it's just part of your job, you may at some point have needed to poll an audience. There are likely some options available out there that let yo do that but Participoll has blown me away. It's a service that comes with a PowerPoint add-on for polling a live audience. Audience members need nothing more than a phone and an internet connection to participate in the poll and you can instantly get your results right there in the presentation. It has a perfectly functional free plan, and a pro-plan which is more than worth its price tag. Here's the rundown of this super amazing service. Read More

Challenge Yourself To Put Your Phone Away While You Eat [iOS]

Smartphone addiction is something we all suffer from in varying degrees. Some of us might wake up in the middle of the night just to check every single social media and messaging app we have installed on our phone, while others might feel their phone has become an extension of their hand. This habit is annoying especially when you're with a large group of people in any sort of social setting. If you're guilty of not being able to put your phone down, DinnerMode is a free app that you might consider using to curb your addiction. It's a very simple app that lets you set a 15, 30, or 60 minute timer. So long as your timer is running, you must not pick up your phone and check it and from the sound of the app's name, using it during dinner is recommended. Read More

Create A Mirrored Encrypted Folder And Sync New Files To It [Windows]

Cloud back-ups have become very common with the increasing number of services that offer cloud drives to individual end users. Those who aren't too trusting of cloud drives may perhaps use a hard drive, or other backup options to keep their data from being lost. That said, it is a repetitive process, a cycle that needs to run at regular intervals so that the newest files you've added are always backed up. Meet Crococrypt; it's a simple encryption app that creates a mirrored encrypted folder of any folder you choose. It saves a decryption key file to your system. Without the key file, your encrypted files cannot be decrypted. The app also syncs new files that were added to a folder to its encrypted mirrored container. Read More

Use Front & Back Camera To Record Video-In-Video Movies On Your iPhone

You've likely seen a lot of reaction videos on YouTube. Often they are created in the PiP (picture in picture) format. If you've ever wanted to record a short video in the same format Twicer is the free iOS app that lets you do just that. You can either record a new video with the front and back cameras, or you can use a video from your camera roll and record commentary or reactions, to the video using the front  camera. The app can only record videos up to a minute long and there isn't an in-app purchase available that will let you record a longer video. The app also adds a 'Twicer' watermark at the bottom right of the video and videos are compressed before being saved though there is no significant loss in video quality. Read More