YouTube Indicates Partially Watched Videos & Resumes Playback Where You Left Off

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The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don't finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video's thumbnail how much of the video you've watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here's what the feature looks like in action. Read More

How To Backup Your Oculus Games & Settings, And Move The Installation To A New Location

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Facebook's Oculus Rift is one of the high-end VR headsets available in the market today. In addition to the high cost of the headset, the desktop needed to run it costs $3000. It is not a cheap toy by any means. Games and settings for the Oculus and the Rift are all stored in the Oculus directory. If you ever decide you want to move them or back them up, you will need an app to do it.  vrBackupper is a free Windows app that can backup and restore Oculus games and Rift settings, and move the Oculus installation directory to a different location. Read More

Shift Left-Click A Taskbar Icon To Open A New Instance Of The App

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When you left-click an icon on the Taskbar, it opens the app the icon belongs to. When you right-click an icon on the Taskbar, it shows you the jumplist and a few quick actions you can perform. These actions include closing the app or opening a new instance of it, if supported. You can observe this with File Explorer. The right-click context menu for File explorer has a 'File Explorer' option that opens a new File explorer window. When you have one File Explorer Window open, left clicking it will only minimize/maximize the window. If you want to open a new instance of any app without going through this context menu, you do so by holding down the Shift key and left-clicking the icon. Read More

How To Fix Gmail Blocking Outlook Sign In Attempts

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Gmail is as secure an email service as you could hope for. It offers two-factor authentication in addition to several other precautionary measures for keeping your account secure. You can configure your Gmail account in most email clients but if Gmail deems an email client to be a security risk, it will block it from signing you in. The result is that you're unable to add your Gmail account to an email client. This is what happens when you configure a Gmail account in Outlook on your desktop. Here's the fix for it. Read More

How To Move The System Tray To Your Secondary Display In Windows

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Windows has slowly been improving support for multiple monitors. In Windows 10 you get the taskbar at the bottom of your primary and secondary displays. The system clock is present on both displays as well. Older versions of Windows gave you the taskbar on all your displays but the system clock has only recently been added to the task bar on all additional displays. At this time, there still isn't any way to get the system tray to appear on both displays. It will appear only on one display at a time. By default, it appears on your primary display. If you're fine with the system tray appearing on just one display, but would prefer it appear on your secondary display rather than the primary one, there's a very simple trick to do just that. Read More

How To Transfer Activity Data From The Health App To A New iPhone

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When you buy a new iPhone, you can set it up in one of two ways. You can restore it from a back-up of your old iPhone or you can set it up as a new device. When you restore from a backup, you are able to transfer every bit of data from your old iPhone to the new one. When you set up an iPhone as a new device, there is one type of data that you can't get to a new iPhone over unless you restore it from a back-up; activity data from the Health App. If you want to set up your iPhone as a new device but would like a way to port the activity data to your new phone, Decipher Activity Transfer is the app you need. Read More

How To Watch 360° Videos And Photos In VLC Player

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360°  videos have not yet become mainstream but 360° photos are slowly becoming popular. It takes only a reasonably good phone to capture a 360° photo. Viewing a 360° photo or video for that matter isn't as simple. You can view the photos and videos easily on your mobile device or on YouTube but media players have not yet caught up with this new video format. VLC however is ahead of the pack. The VLC 360° technical preview is now available and it lets you view both 360° videos and photos. Read More

This Is The Quickest Way To Switch Chrome Profiles

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Chrome supports multiple profiles. If you have multiple users logged into the same Windows or macOS account, they will likely share the Chrome browser. One simple way to keep everyone's auto-fill data and search history separate is to create different Chrome profiles for each user. The profiles are easy to create and we've detailed how you can switch between them via keyboard shortcuts. You can also create special desktop shortcuts to launch a particular profile. That said, the quickest way to switch between profiles isn't via the keyboard. The mouse is the superior tool in this regard. Read More

How To Free Up Space On Your iPhone Without Deleting Apps Or Photos

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Apple has increased the amount of storage space you can get on an iPhone with the iPhone 7 line. You can now get up to 256GB on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, the price for this storage is high and higher end models aren't easy to afford. If you have an older iPhone model, chances are you might only have 32GB or 16GB space on your device and iOS is taking some of that up already. If you're running low on space but can't afford to buy an iPhone with more storage space, there's a quick way to free some up; just download a large app. Read More

How To Batch Rename Files & Folders In Windows Without Using Third Party Apps

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File renaming apps range from the simple to the complicated. They allow you to rename multiple files in one go based on a single or criteria or on a more complex one. You can select files based on the date they were created and their type. You can also set a renaming syntax for how the files should be renamed. If your file renaming needs are much more simple, i.e., you just want to rename all files in one folder to something more meaningful, you don't need a app. Windows has you covered with a fairly intelligent renaming logic built into the rename function. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add A Do Not Disturb Switch To The Volume Controls In Android 7

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Android has a do not disturb mode that you can enable to block out all unimportant alerts. The feature was introduced in Android 6 along with Quick Settings in the Notifications shade. This shade includes a toggle for enabling and disabling do not disturb. The shade can be accessed from any and all screens which means you can enable and disable do not disturb from any screen. If the shade isn't the easiest for you to access, Android 7 has an option to include a Do Not Disturb toggle in the volume controls. When you press either of the two physical volume keys on your device, a slider appears on your screen for managing the volume. As of Android 7, you can add a Do Not Disturb switch to this on-screen slider. Here's how. Read More

How To Switch Between Recent Apps Using The Touch Bar In macOS

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All Macbook Pro models from 2016 onward will come with the new Touch Bar. Regardless how you feel about it, the Touch Bar is the newest hardware improvement to Macbooks. To be fair, it's apps that will judge if the Touch Bar is useful or not. Developers aren't shying away from developing apps for the Touch Bar and TouchSwitch is a pretty awesome attempt at just that. It lets you switch between recent apps from the Touch Bar so that you do not need to use the Command + Tab keyboard shortcut. Read More

How To Copy & Paste Layers Between PSD Files via Keyboard Shortcuts

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You can copy layers between PSD files by dragging & dropping them. To do so, you must drag a layer from one file to the other. It isn't the smoothest or the most convenient way to copy layers. Photoshop has a tabbed interface and you can separate one file from the rest. This makes it much easier to drag & drop layers or groups but it still isn't the same as a simple copy/paste function. The copy/paste function in Photoshop doesn't work for entire layers. Instead, you can copy the contents of a layer from one file to the other. Copio is a set of simple scripts that allow you to copy/paste layers between PSD files via keyboard shortcuts. These scripts work only in Photoshop CC and not in Photoshop CS. Read More

How To Send Disappearing Photos And Videos In Instagram

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There's no pretending Instagram isn't taking feature hints from Snapchat. The ripoff is blatant and likely to continue until one app buys the other out. The latest feature that Instagram has copied from Snapchat is disappearing photos and videos. You can send an auto-expiring photo or a video to an Instagram account that you follow and that follows you back. The account will be able to view it once and never again. You can add text and draw over an image before sending it. Read More

How To Take Screenshots Of A Video

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Desktop operating systems come with built-in screenshot tools. Windows 10 has a basic screenshot tool whereas macOS has a better, more advanced one. What both have in common is that they are meant for capturing a still screen. You can use them to capture a moving screen e.g. a GIF or a video that is playing but the results may not be that great. If you often need to take a screenshot in a video, it best to use a dedicated tool for it. Here are two free apps that do the trick. Read More

How To Visually Show Key Strokes And Mouse Clicks In Windows

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When recording screencasts, we can enable visual cues for mouse clicks. These cues make it easier for anyone watching the screencast to follow it. For most apps, even those built for recording a screencast, these visual cues only work with the mouse. Key strokes are rarely accompanied by a cue to show which key was pressed. Many video makers have to add key strokes in post-production which can be cumbersome and time consuming. ShowOff is a small Windows app that adds a floating box to your screen. All key strokes and mouse clicks you make appear in the box. Read More

How To Create A Snapchat Spectacles Video Without Spectacles

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Snapchat has released a product called 'Spectacles'. You can buy these spectacles from special vending machines for $130. They're basically camera glasses that you can't buy from any place other than the vending machines. If you don't have the money to spend on Snapchat's new little toy, or you can't find a vending machine near you, you're going to have to do with a work around. SnapView is a web app that takes any video formats it exactly like a Spectacles video. You can then share it with your friends on Snapchat. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Scan & Digitize Your Old Photographs With Your Phone

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Digital cameras, when they fist appeared on shelves, were expensive. It took a while for them to get cheaper and for phones on cameras to get better. Most people continued to use standard film cameras for capturing the special events in their lives. The photos were developed and either stored in bulky albums or put away in shoe boxes. Digital cameras and smartphones have made point and shoot cameras obsolete but they didn't get rid of our old photographs. Those, at the time expensive to develop memories, were printed on a standard 4x6 photographic sheet and they live in our small storage spaces. You can scan them to preserve a digital copy but that is quite a time consuming task. Google has just released a new app called PhotoScan that lets you use your phone to scan and digitize your old photographs. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use QR Codes For Twitter Accounts

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Twitter has rolled out QR codes because, why not? Facebook's Messenger app has them. The Twitter QR codes allow you to scan a code and automatically start following the account it belongs to. Likewise you can get a QR code for your Twitter profile and share it wherever you want. QR codes are available for all types of accounts i.e. verified and unverified. Since it impractical to scan or share a QR code from Twitter's web interface, they cannot be accessed from it. A QR code can only be copied and shared from Twitter's official mobile apps. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Take A Screenshot Of The Touch Bar On A Macbook Pro

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Screenshots have long been a standard feature on Apple's devices. Both iOS device and Macs have the ability to take a screenshot of your display. Macs, being a desktop system, have far richer options for taking screenshots and the quality is exceptional. In stark contrast, Windows has always lagged behind in this regard. Even now, with Windows 10, users can only take a full screen screenshot. Apple's latest line of Macbook Pros, all 2016 and above models, come with a Touch Bar. It's a touch display that shows you different buttons based on the current app you're working with. Apple has duly included a way to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar. Here's how. Read More