How To Markup Images In The Mail App In iOS 9

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iPhones are powerful devices; they let us take amazing pictures, record high resolution videos, play some truly awesome games, and even give us insight into our physical well-being. Where they do so much, it's no surprise that we forget an iPhone is also a great device for anyone who has to work on the go. The iPhone, or more precisely iOS 9, comes equipped with tools that make it easier to work from what is essentially just a phone. Taking things a bit further, iOS 9 has introduced a set of markup tools for images that you attach with a message in the Mail app. They leave nothing to desire for; the tools let you draw on the image, magnify a portion of it, add text, and even sign your name. Read More

This Website Logs You Out Of Everything You’re Signed In To

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Kill switches are a feature made for our mobile devices since they store so much important data. In the event of a lost or stolen device, these kill switches allow us to remotely wipe our devices and protect our information from getting in the wrong  hands but it isn't just mobile devices that have access to important information. Our browsers that we're used to keeping in 'Always signed in' mode can put us at security risk if we leave our systems unattended and/or unlocked. It can also become a problem if we're using a public system and because we just aren't in the habit of logging out, or keeping track of the services we signed into when we start working. Meet Super Logout, a little web service with a self-explanatory name. What it does is it logs you out of all of the things, all of them (except for some reason Facebook and Twitter). Read More

Create Your Own Charles Schulz Inspired Peanuts Character

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The Peanuts comic strip, the movies, and Snoopy are some of the most cherished parts of our childhood. Come November, the new Peanuts movie will be hitting theaters and as part of the marketing for the movie, the makers have developed a free little tool called Peanutize Me. It lets you create your very own Peanuts inspired character that you can save and use as either a display picture or a wallpaper. Your character will be accompanied by both Snoopy and Woodstock and you're free to customize it down to the kind of shoes its wearing. Read More

Long Click On A Link To Open It In A New Background Tab [Firefox]

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To open a link in a new tab, we either right-click it and use the 'Open link in new tab' option from the context menu, or if we're using a mouse instead of a touchpad, we use the mouse wheel and 'middle click' on the link. The mouse wheel is my preferred way of opening links in new, background tabs but when using the touchpad, the option just isn't there. If you're a Firefox user though, QuickTab is an add-on that can help you. It lets you open a link in a new background tab by clicking on it longer than you normally would if you wanted to open it in the current tab. Read More

Find The BPM For Any Song By Entering The Title & Artist Name

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Music is more than just a distraction; it helps us block out unwanted noise and conversation while we work, it helps us sleep, it helps us regulate our moods, and it helps us avoid having to talk to people on the train. Music varies in genres and everyone has their own taste but music itself has to be of a certain type to suit the purpose you're using it for. More precisely, you would listen to faster paced music for something like exercising or going for a run, whereas slower and more mellow tones would be preferred if you're trying to relax. One simple way to identify the 'pace' of a song is by using its BPM i.e., beats per minutes, and Song BPM is a service that lets you do just that. Read More

How To Set a 4 Digit Passcode In iOS 9

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Before Touch ID was introduced in the newer iPhones, passcodes were what we used to lock our devices and keep them secure. The passcodes we could enter were one of two types; four digit codes, or longer alphanumeric ones. The four digit code was the easiest to enter but also equally easy to memorize by someone looking over your shoulder. With the introduction of Touch ID, users could keep a simple four digit passcode on their devices but still easily avoid entering it near prying eyes. With iOS 9, released just a few days ago, the passcode is now a six digit code by default. Fortunately, for those who have gotten used to having a four digit code, there is a simple way to revert it back to the four digit code. Here's how. Read More

How To Move To iOS From An Android Device With Apple’s App

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A while back Google made it easier for anyone tired of their iPhone to switch to an Android device. There is an official page that helps you move your data from an iOS device to an Android device and make the transition as painless as possible. On September 9, 2015 Apple at its iPhone event fired back and announced an app called Move to iOS. It's the first (and possibly last) Android app that the company has ever built and the names pretty much says what it does; it helps you move from an Android device to an iPhone. Since iPhones work differently than Android devices you might be wondering just how the whole move works. Here's how. Read More

Adjust Your PC Volume By Scrolling The Mouse Wheel [Windows]

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Most keyboards, if not all of them, have dedicated keys for managing the volume and brightness on your system. For anyone who doesn't have these keys, you can use controls in Windows to manage volume and brightness. If you're looking for an even easier way to manage volume, one which involves no clicks and is super convenient, meet WheelsOfVolume. It's a free Windows app that lets you increase or decrease the system volume by scrolling the mouse wheel over an active area. Read More

Remove Libraries, Network, And Favorites From Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

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The libraries and other locations in the Windows Explorer navigation pane can collapse and expand to give you a cleaner and easier to manage navigation pane. They are there to make accessing your favorite folders, network locations, and libraries easy. That said, not everyone finds them useful, or they can do with some of the options, and without others. Meet Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Configuration; it's a simple command line utility that lets you remove any one of the elements in the Windows Explorer navigation pane with a single command. You can just as easily bring them back. The utility has only one drawback and that is that it effects all user accounts on your system. Read More

Reduce Noise And Upscale A Photo Up To Two Times Its Resolution

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The cameras on phones get better every year. It's hard to remember what it was like when we were taking photos with VGA cameras and hoping there was enough natural light because the phone itself didn't have a flash. With today's phones and the cameras they have, we can take breathtaking panoramic photos without worrying about light. That said, you can still have noise in photos and we are still waiting on the technology seen in NCIS that lets us enhance and zoom a photo a thousand times and still come away with a nice clear picture. Waifu is a little web utility that reduces the noise in a picture and lets you improve its resolution. We took it for a spin and here are our results. Read More

Downgrade From iOS 9.1 Beta To iOS 9 Official Version

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Apple made iOS 9 (and subsequently iOS 9.1) beta public for anyone to test out. You were no longer restricted to needing a developer account with Apple to give the upcoming iOS version a try and lots of people got to preview the operating system before hand. That said, it is iOS day and iOS 9 has been released to the stable channel. As you read this, countless users are downloading and upgrading to it (while others are going to wait until the jailbreak is out). If you took the iOS 9 or iOS 9.1 beta for a spin, you might be wondering how you can get the stable and final release of iOS 9 on your device. Here's the walkthrough. Read More

Translate And Send Text From Inside The iOS Keyboard

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The internet and the overcrowded market of messaging apps have more or less removed any barriers to communication that may have existed a few decades ago. Sending someone across the globe a message is easier than having food delivered to your home and even language isn't an obstacle anymore. Lot of services let you translate text and support a large number of languages. Meet TransKey, a free iOS keyboard app that lets you type and translate text from the keyboard. The app supports lots of languages including Klingon. You can write something and have the app translate it for you, or you can copy text and paste it in the app's keyboard to see what it means. Read More

Directly Connect To A Steam Game Server With A Desktop Shortcut

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Steam is one of the most popular gaming platforms out there. The game selection available is pretty good and the user base of players is massive. If you're an avid gamer, it's likely you've set aside a special time every day, or every week to play your favorite game(s). To launch a game on Steam, you can either launch it from it's own desktop shortcut, or you can launch Steam and then run your game. A lot of the games are played online with other players and in order to play, you have to connect to a server. Imagine, if you could launch a game and connect to a preferred server all with one desktop shortcut. It's possible and incredibly easy to set up. Here's how. Read More

Preview App Icons On Your iPhone Against Different Wallpapers

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Design is huge part of any app that's developed but it's all the more important when you're making an iOS app. Apple not only  has a lot of rules in place but users of Apple products also expect a finesse when it comes to app designs. Sure you can still find apps that look like a trainwreck in the App Store but the best apps have a great design and Apple duly rewards apps like that. Good design is key to giving your app a fighting chance. One very important past of the app design is the app icon users will see on their home screen. ICNS is a newly launched iOS app that lets you upload your icons to Dropbox and then preview how they would look against different backgrounds on your iPhone. Read More

How To Natively Mount And Burn ISO Images In Windows 10

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File Explorer in Windows 8 was revamped and the new look made its way to Windows 10. File Explorer got a new name; Windows Explorer and it bid farewell to the controls bar just below the address bar. The new UI features three basic ribbons that mimic the grouped controls you see in MS Office apps. The ribbon tabs have more or less the same controls you could access either from the control bar or the menus but some controls appear only when a specific type of file is selected. In Windows 7, regardless of what type of file you selected, you could always see a 'Burn' option at the top that allowed you to burn the file to a disc. With Windows 10, the option has not only migrated to a different tab, it's also only available for certain file types. It gives the impression that you can no longer burn or mount disc files in Windows 10 when in fact, you can. Here's how. Read More

How To Limit CPU Usage Of A Process In Windows

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Computers are getting more and more powerful as time passes and because they can do so much more than their early predecessors, we find that programs are now more resource hungry than they used to be. It's to be expected since a powerful computer is wasted if you don't have programs that can take advantage of its capabilities. That said, sometimes a program or process consumes too much of the system's resources and there isn't much you can do to dictate how much resources are allocated to a particular process. BES, Battle Encoder Shirase is a free Windows utility that you can use to limit and monitor the CPU usage of any process. Read More

Play Music From YouTube & Soundcloud From The Title Bar In Chrome

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YouTube isn't just the largest collection of videos on the internet, it's also where you can find the largest collection of music videos (artist produced and fan made). People create playlists of music on the site and it's often used to listen to music as if the service were a radio. The problem with listening to music on YouTube is that you're also streaming the video which is unnecessary load on your internet connection, and you have to keep the site open in a tab. Meet UpNext Music Player, a Chrome extension that lets you play music from both YouTube and Soundcloud from the title bar. You can search for music, create playlists, and even import them. It also features top charts of trending music from various genres that you can listen to. Read More

How To Rearrange Pinned Items On The Taskbar Jump Lists In Windows 10

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Jump lists in Windows is a feature that has survived the past two versions of Windows. Microsoft knew that this one feature was much loved by its user base. Jump lists are a great way to access both your favorite and frequently used files and folders. Every program you have pinned to your taskbar, and every program that's currently running has its own jumplist ensuring that frequent and favorite files and folders remain separated by the programs they are accessed in. Windows 10 has kept jump lists unchanged for the most part but it's done away with the drag & drop feature that allowed you to rearrange items pinned to the Jumplist. Here's how you can rearrange items on a jump list in Windows 10. Read More

Set A Picture Slideshow As Your Lockscreen In Windows 10

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Slideshows on the desktop have long been a part of Windows. They make for more versatile themes and they keep the desktop looking fresh. You can argue that they drag down system resources and slow down processing but the difference they make is very negligible. In Windows 10, you can select any folder full of pictures that the OS will cycle through on your desktop and this feature has been extended to the Lock Screen as well. Instead of being subject to the same image over and over when you lock your system, you can have it cycle through a personally selected folder of photos. Here's how. Read More

Fix The MSVCR120.dll Is Missing From Your Computer Error [Windows]

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Missing files have often prevented the installation of many a games and programs in Windows. The missing files are often .dll files with names so vague the average user can't even begin to figure out where said file might have gone missing. A DLL file is a library file that will execute functions or it might contain certain variables or resources. Since these files are associated with the frameworks they belong to, and apps are built on certain frameworks, their absence on your system prevents an app that is dependant on a DLL file from installing or running. The fix isn't difficult; you just need to get the file back on your system. If you're getting the 'MSVCR120.dll Is Missing From Your Computer' error during installation or execution of an EXE file on Windows, here's how you can fix it. Read More