Set Periodic Reminders For Taking Your Medication [iOS]

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Reminder apps are a popular sub-category of productivity apps. These apps focus on organizing tasks and to-dos into smart lists that make it easier to keep track of the nature of the many tasks you need to do. Round is free reminder app for iOS with a very specific purpose; it remidns you to take your meds. If you're on any type of medication, especially if it's more than one type of pill, the app will let you add individual reminders for each one. It can add medicine from its existing database and you can specify the quantity (in mg) you have to take each time. Once you've taken a doze, you can mark the reminder complete. Read More

Watch YouTube Videos With Friends In Perfect Playback Sync

Last year, a friend and I decided to watch a movie together. We decided we'd do this not by being physically present in the same room but by watching at our homes at the same time so we could make fun of it and cringe as needed since it was a bad movie. Surprisingly, we couldn't find a service that would let you sync movie playback and we didn't have much fun. The point is syncing video playback across two systems that aren't on the same network isn't easy, except in the case of YouTube videos because ShareTube exists. It's a little web app that lets you create a 'viewing' room and invite friends to it. You can search for and queue videos from YouTube to watch and it ensures that playback is synced for everyone in the room. Read More

How To Debug A Web Page Remotely With Chrome Dev Tools

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Chrome's Dev tools support remote debugging but not how we would like them to. The 'remote' means on a device that you have right next to you and that you can connect to your development machine. It doesn't mean you can debug a Chrome tab that your friend who is currently sitting in a different coffee shop has open. So, what to do if the two of you are working on something together and you need to perhaps access, maybe even debug, the other's tab. DevTools Remote is a Chrome extension that lets you share a remote session for a selected tab with anyone via a link. The link opens inside the Chrome Dev Tools and gives the recipient control over the tab. They see your dev console and can make changes to it among other things. Read More

How To Use A VPN Service With The Chromecast

People use VPN services for a lot of reasons. Nowadays, that reason is so we can access more content on Netflix because the current listing it has in a lot of countries is disappointing to say the least. You will find, however, that while you can easily use a VPN to access websites on your desktop and/or smartphone, you can't cast anything accessed via a VPN to your Chromecast. This is because Google forces the Chromecast to use the Google DNS which, as you can guess, blocks your VPN. Here's how you can resolve the problem. Read More

Track What Foods You’ve Burnt Off With Your Daily Activity Level

Losing weight is daunting. If you've got a lot of numbers to reduce on the scale you might already see it as a goal that's too difficult to accomplish. The key is to take baby steps. You can start out with just walking daily and don't necessarily have to hit the gym everyday until you're ready for a more aggressive approach to weight loss. If your smartphone has a built in activity tracker then you can use it to count the steps you take daily, and Movesum will tell you how many calories you burnt that day. It's a free app for Android and iOS that connects with your phone's activity tracker, takes your daily activity information, and translates it into food you've burnt off. Read More

Remember Where You Parked & Get Alerts When Your Meter Is About To Expire [iOS]

The Seinfeld episode Parking Garage is about a very real problem that dozens of people face everyday i.e., remembering where they parked. At the time the sitcom was made, smartphones simply didn't exist. There were no smart apps or handy little devices that you could maybe stick to your car to locate it more easily. It was just you and your brain back then but not any more. QuickPark is a free iOS app that helps you remember where you parked and reminds you that your meter is about to run out. Read More

The 30 Most Popular iOS Posts Of 2015

In 2015 some truly awesome iOS apps debuted and Apple released iOS 9 which had quite the odd bugs to its name. iOS 9 came with new features noteworthy of which is the new battery saving feature and the image annotation feature in the Mail app. Big name companies like Microsoft and Google released popular titles for the iOS platform like Office Lens and Chrome Remote Desktop. Here are the most popular iOS posts we covered in 2015. Read More

Use RGB Values To Set A Custom Color For Text In MS Office

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All Microsoft Office Suite apps have template support; you can create a standard document layout, complete with a locked down or predetermined color scheme, set margins and layouts, and save it as a template. The apps in the Office Suite come with a lot of pre-loaded color schemes but if they aren't enough for you, you can always make your own. When it comes to colors and color schemes, you have a choice to use the default colors of a theme, a shade of one of the default colors, or set a custom color. If you're trying to use your company's colors in the document,  here's how you can get an exact match with the RGB values of a color. Read More

Add Password Protection To Any File From Your Browser

Apps like Microsoft's Office Suite have built-in password protection for files. Adobe's Acrobat app has one too in case you want to password protect a PDF file. There are few other apps out there that allow you to add a password to a file and the go-to solution for adding password protection to any file is to simply zip it, and add a password during the compression process. If you ever find yourself working on a system that doesn't have an app for zipping files, you can give ZipIt a try. It's a web browser based encryption app that lets you lock any file with a password. It works entirely in your browser with no installation of any kind required. Read More

How To Play Games With Your Friends Over Chromecast

Chromecast is used mostly for watching movies and TV shows on a big screen. If you never dig deeper into what the device can do, chances are you'll always use it as a means to avoid using an HDMI cable and nothing more. Chromecast can be used for a lot of things and even as far as entertainment goes, movies aren't the end of it. You can play games with your friends over the Chromecast. We don't mean big title games like those on Steam but smaller ones that you can play with your phone acting as the controller. Here's how. Read More

Play Music From Your Dropbox Account When You’re Offline [iOS]

Dropbox has always made sure your files are on whatever device you need them to be. It's one of the best apps in the market for syncing and backing up files and it's saved lives on occasion with its version restore feature. What the app and service aren't used for is backing up music. Audio files can be played from its mobile apps but the experience is far from what you'd get if you could play music from Dropbox via an actual music app. Meet Jukebox, a free iOS app that can download music from your Dropbox account and let you listen to it in a proper music player. Read More

Hide Your ‘Seen’ Status On Whatsapp For Web [Firefox]

Whatsapp introduced a web version of its popular messaging platform at the start of 2015. It's been a whole year since Whatsapp for web was introduced but in addition to the service remaining tied to your smartphone, the web version hasn't been updated with any notable features. All it does is allow you to send and receive messages, customize new message alerts, and mute a conversation. In stark contrast, the smartphone apps for Whatsapp offer more features one of which allows you to disable 'read' receipts. The web version isn't as lucky but ShutApp is a Firefox add-on that can help. Once enabled, it lets you read messages on Whatsapp for web but doesn't send a 'seen' report nor does it mark the message as read. Read More

Play Movies From A Media Server To Your TV Using Your Phone [Chromecast]

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We reviewed Plex as a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast app. Plex basically creates a media server on your PC but it's popularity stems from its support for Chromecast which very few other media server apps to. If you're already using a different media server app and don't want to switch to Plex, or it's near competitor Emby, you can instead use your iPhone or Android phone to control the media and cast it to your Chromecast. We've combed the app stores for both iOS and Android to find apps that let you play movies and TV shows from a media server and cast it to your TV. Read More

Play Windows Games On Your iPad Or Android Tablet

PC games very rarely have mobile versions and that's to be expected since a mobile device can't give the same experience as a desktop. Even if you were to use a mobile device that came packed with the best hardware available, playing the game wouldn't be the same. Remotr is a desktop streaming app that comes with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone clients and it seeks to challenge this very notion. The app lets you play games installed and running on your Windows PC from your mobile phone or tablet. The apps can detect which games you have installed and you can launch a game on your computer from one of the mobile apps. The mobile apps let you configure on-screen game controls to play the games. Read More

Find Out Which Countries A Movie Or TV Show Is Available In Netflix

Netflix has just expanded its service to 190 countries and no doubt it's seeing an influx of new users. The availability of so many shows and movies, legal access to them, and that too in HD, is bound to reel us in but what might come as a shock to some is that not all titles available in the US have been made available to all the countries the service has expanded to. For some countries, the list is actually very limited and disappointing. Naturally, people will be resorting to using proxies and VPNs to get access to these shows. The only question is, which country is a particular show available in? Flixed is a web service that tells you exactly which countries a particular Netflix show or movie is available in. Read More

How To Browse Hidden Categories In Netflix [Chrome]

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Netflix has more content than immediately meets the eye. If you open the 'Browse' drop-down you see a rather limited choice and some truly odd genres listed under it. For anyone new to Netflix, and given its recent expansion there's probably a lot of us, Netflix has what are called 'hidden categories'. These categories aren't directly accessible from the 'Browse' drop-down but they offer a genre classified look at Netflix's lineup. Netflix Super Browse is a Chrome extension and Firefox add-on that lets you access the hidden categories as easily as you can the default ones. Read More

Force Netflix To Stream In HD By Selecting A Higher Video Bitrate

The basic Netflix plan doesn't support HD streaming but the HD and Ultra HD plans, as their names signify do. Streaming in HD doesn't just require you're subscribed to the right plan but also that you have the bandwidth to receive an HD video stream. Assuming you have both the right plan and bandwidth to support it, you might still end up with a low resolution video. Netflix might start streaming in SD and then switch to HD but if it is stuck in SD despite the conditions for it to stream in better quality, here's how you can force it to steam in higher quality. Read More

How To Cast A Presentation From Your Smartphone To Your TV

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Preparing for a presentation involves a lot of things; making sure the slides are in order, the presentation is cohesive and well-connected, a quick rehearsal, checking and rechecking that you have the presentation file on your laptop, and making sure it is working. Presentations largely still live on our laptops and if you forget your laptop, or don't have one available to access a presentation file from a cloud drive, it's a problem of nightmare proportions. If however you're presenting via a Chromecast device all you need is your smartphone and the Google Slides app to give a presentation. Read More

10 Popular Android Tips From 2015

Android 6.0 was the highlight of 2015 for Android users. The new OS came with a file manager, better Google Voice integration, Google Now on tap, smarter battery management features, and more. Alongside the new Android version, apps for the platform kept coming and we reviewed the best, most productive ones. Here's our yearly round-up of the top Android posts of 2015. Read More

Find What The Laundry Symbols On Your Clothes Mean Using Your iPhone [Paid]

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Laundry is complicated and you never really know just how complicated it is until your mom isn't doing it. It's more than just about separating your colored clothes from the white ones. Clothes haves needs and Laundry Day - Care Symbol Reader is the closest you'll get to having a laundry whisperer at your disposal. It's a $0.99 app for iOS that reads the laundry symbols on clothing tags and tells you exactly what they mean. The app is a genius QR code reader except it's meant to make sense of those symbols you ignore when you wash your clothes. The app has a 'scan' mode that you can use to live scan tags and a 'look up' mode that lets you manually select wash and care symbols to find out what they mean. Read More