Send A Message To Let Someone Know Why You’re Calling

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The Do Not Disturb mode, or Interruptions if you're using Android, is a feature that prevents notifications from disturbing you on your device. You can ensure that only calls from important people come through or only your most essential apps can send you alerts while your phone is resting on your night stand, or on your desk at work. I've personally found Do Not Disturb or Interruptions to work great but to only be suitable for use at night. I don't really favour it at work for one simple reason; working hours is when a lot of important activity happens and blocking calls isn't the best way to avoid interruptions. I just keep my phone on silent and prefer people text me before calling. Lots of people don't have time for their devices when they're working so taking calls isn't easy. Calltag is a great way around this; it's an app available for both Android and iOS that lets you quickly compose a message with your name and where you're calling from, and add tags that describe what your conversation is about. The message is sent to whoever you intend to call to give them a heads-up on why you're calling. Once the message is sent, the app initiates a count down before the call is made. Your recipient will know why you're calling and they can choose to take the call, or ignore it. Read More

Set Your Own Shortcut Key To Move Between Tabs In Firefox

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Browsers, the really good ones like Firefox and Chrome have disappointed me on one particular thing; navigating between tabs isn't possible with keyboard shortcuts. You can use Ctrl+1 - 9 to switch to the first nine tabs but that's as far as it goes. The feature isn't useless but it is limited because we always have more than nine tabs open. Some go as far as opening fifty before they feel the need to open a new window so a quick way to cycle through tabs is sorely needed. Now, extensions are one way to go about adding this feature and we've found a really good, reliable one that works almost like magic. Keyconfig is a a Firefox add-on that lets you code your own keyboard shortcuts. The possibilities in terms of what shortcuts you can add are endless and we're listing the code needed to use the Ctrl+Left arrow and Ctrl+Right arrow keys to switch to the next and previous tab, respectively. You can use just about any shortcut combination instead of the ones mentioned but the tutorial given uses these two. Read More

Inserting & Embedding YouTube Videos In MS Office 2013

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Going from Office 2003 to Office 2007, the only thing that popped out at me was the annoying format problem. It was a plague for me because I was still studying at the time and project documentation in a group became a problem. With Office 2013 though I was seriously excited because it offered some truly amazing new features, my favorite of which is the 'pick-up where you left off' feature in MS Word. Office 2013 also makes it ridiculously simple to insert online videos in both Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. The revamped insert video feature lets you embed a YouTube video, and even search for one from without ever leaving the application. Here's a quick guide to doing just that. Read More

3 Great Ways To Use The Count Function In Excel

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Excel is a truly amazing app that's helped countless people analyse and manipulate large sets of data. In my opinion, it is a great tool that can find some sort of utilization in just about any field (except maybe oil rigs). A short while back we did a post on five Excel functions that can be exceptionally useful in making mundane, boring, repetitive work considerably easier. Many of us, specially those doing managerial or administrative tasks on a daily basis grow quite familiar with many of the functions that Excel supports and while we may know how to use one, where to use it and how a function can make life easier isn't always so obvious. Today I'm detailing three uses of the very simple 'Count' function in Excel. Read More

New Features In Firefox 34 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 34 is now available. If the update hasn't already downloaded, go ahead and check for it now. Firefox 34 is leaning more on the end-user side in terms of new features. The Android version isn't big on either developer or end-user features with Chromecast mirroring being the only significant one. The most interesting feature in Fiefox 34 is easily Firefox Hello, a new way to exchange private messages, both audio and video though the feature is still in its Beta phase. Other significant features are the new theme switcher and a way to fix the 'Fire. fox is already running' problem that users encounter at times. Read More

Material Design Color Palettes Suggests Colors For Your App [Android]

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Material Design has been a highlight of Android Lollipop and rightly so. It's Android maturing in terms of design. The design itself is pretty good, enough to encourage developers to adopt it more and more. Maybe one day we will wait for apps to upgrade to the new design like we  do today with iOS apps. For anyone looking for inspiration on how to do Material Design well, there is the myriad of stock apps by Google to act as an example. Implementation-wise we have quite a few examples but if you're a designer struggling with the right colors for material design, give Material Design Color Palettes a try. It's a very simple free Android app that lists shades for nineteen different colors that are a good fit for Material design. The colors range from bright reds and pinks to mute browns and greys. Read More

Equalizer Frequencies & Settings On Music Players Explained

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The best music players have music equalizer settings and  come with pre-sets to make the music you're listening to sound really good. These pre-sets are defined by the genre they're best suited for such as pop or rock (but never with a goth metal satanic screaming pre-set for some reason). But what are these mystery settings that claim to improve our listening experience? Are they even real or is it just something developers the world over have collectively conspired to add to music players for the sake of looking cool? The equalizer settings are 100% legit as is the claim that the right setting will improve the quality of music you hear, subject to what kind of speakers you have. We're going to take a look at what the equalizer is and just what each of those sliders mean. Read More

3 Android Features That Will (Probably) Never Make It To iOS

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We often compare Android with iOS and each time Google and/or Apple announce a new version of their OS, fans of both take to the internet to debate who did it first, or who did it better. A lot of times, the two operating systems do indeed borrow or adapt popular features from the other but a lot of features, a lot of popular ones, often do not make the transition. That's where you see a lot of variance between the two in terms of features. Both Google and Apple follow a certain philosophy when adding features to their respective mobile operating systems and there are just somethings neither will adopt (voluntarily or otherwise) from the other, Here are three very awesome Android features that are highly unlikely to make it to iOS. Read More

Gmail’s Inbox Doesn’t Organize Email, It Reminds You To Answer It

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A lot of you may have heard about Inbox, Gmail's new email app for iOS and Android. You might be wondering just why Gmail decided to launch a new email app for both these platforms when it already has a pretty great email app for both platforms already out in the field for several years now. I took a look at the new app and also at the need for it to exist, which I found to be genuine. Inbox supports multiple accounts and is built on Material design which works pretty nicely on iOS. One misconception we should probably clear up about Inbox is that it isn't just an email client, it's also a reminder app. The reminder feature is actually a pretty great feature which we'll go in to more detail. Also, access to the app is still invite only. Read More

Get Alerts When Your Laptop Battery Is Low Or Full [Windows]

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I had a spot of trouble with my laptop these past few days. Now that it's been repaired, I have to keep a very close eye on how much the battery is charged. Before this happened, all I ever needed to care about was if my battery was plugged in and charging. Since it hadn't bothered me in the past (and this is about 4 years worth of past), I really had zero ideas as to how to monitor battery percentage levels without expanding too much effort. There was the obvious risk that I'd just forget to check how much charge my battery had left, or how full it was. Fortunately, both problems were solved by using a script, and some built-in battery checks that Windows has. You can use both to get on-screen and audio alerts for when your battery has charged up to a certain level and it works for when you want to set a limit to the minimum or maximum charge.

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Set Custom Volume And Snooze Time For Individual Alarms In iOS [Jailbreak]

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Alarms, where would we be without them? Probably sleeping in late till past noon and unable to show up to work on time which makes them the necessary evil in our lives. The stock clock app on iOS is clock, alarm, timer, all in one. Where it fills so many requirements, it doesn't make room for a lot of customization. The same can be said for Android but customizing it isn't much of a problem ever. That said, iOS users can always Jailbreak and if you have, give Safe Alarm PRO a try. It's a Cydia tweak available in BigBoss repository for $0.99 that lets you customize how you turn alarms off (the swipe and power button behavior) and also customize the volume and snooze duration for each individual alarm. Read More

TakeOff – Schedule Instagram Posts At Regular Intervals For The Day

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There aren't a lot of apps out there that can legitimately claim to improve your Instagram experience. Plenty of web apps have surfaced attempting to do just that and it's hard to mention one that came any close. So far only apps that allow us to download all out photos from Instagram are the winners in this category.  TakeOff is a free app available for both Android and iOS that lets you schedule up to ten posts a day on Instagram. The app asks how many photos a day you want to post ( from 1 -10). You select the photo, add a caption, and the app will decide what is the best time to post them. You cannot give the app a custom date for scheduling a post. The app is super simple and can legitimately claim to be a great companion app for the avid Instagram user. Read More

Invoice To Me: Template Based Invoice Generator For Small Businesses [Web]

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Running a small business has its advantages but it also has its downsides such as not having large cash flows. Keeping costs low is important and that's why in smaller businesses, one person wears many hats. If one of those hats is the accountant hat, and if you're running a one-person business you may struggle with the simplest things such as creating a professional looking invoice while trying your best to not hire a real accountant. Invoice To Me is the answer for just such a problem. It gives you a pretty good, printer ink conserving, professional template that you can edit to add your own business name, address, customer details, purchase particulars, and more to. When you're finished, simply export the file as a PDF and send it (or print and send) to your customer. Read More

Find Easy Thanksgiving Recipes With These Apps & Websites

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Thanksgiving is only a day away and while there is much debate on whether or not major retail stores should be open on Black Friday, one thing is for certain; there will be lots of food. Normally, we can cut as many corners as we want when it comes to everyday cooking for our personal sustenance but on a holiday, one that food is a major part of, a lot of people like doing a little something extra for a better meal. For experienced cooks, this might mean phoning up grand-ma and asking her for the recipe to her secret sauce, trying a new stuffing for the bird, or just experimenting with something completely new. For the novice cook, this might mean a nervous breakdown as they try and figure out what groceries to buy. Regardless of what your expertise is, we have a list of resources for both seasoned (pun intended) and novice cooks to help you eat better this Thanksgiving. Read More

How To Pin And Unpin Screens In Android Lollipop

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Android Lollipop has been rolling out to users for a good few days now and if your device still hasn't received the update, we know exactly how you feel. Keep checking and reading up on the great new features in Lollipop until you get the update. Pinning screens is a new and very down played feature in Lollipop and there hasn't been much talk about it but it's really useful especially if you've got an Android tablet instead of a phone. Pinning screens allows you to 'pin' an app to the screen and no accidental swipes or taps on a button will allow you to exist the app unless you unpin it first. If you've enabled any sort of PIN or passcode on your device, you can set it so that the passcode is required to unpin the app. Read More

Here’s How You Can Play The Hidden Game In Android Lollipop

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Google loves Easter eggs and Apple is possibly the only company that does them as well or nearly as well as the search giant. One such Easter egg comes in Android Lollipop, the newest stable version of the Android OS currently rolling out (painfully slowly) to nexus users. It's a nod to the very popular game flappy bird. Adapted with Lollipop inspired backgrounds and the Android bot replacing the bird, the hidden game can be played without having to download anything extra if you know where to find it. Read More

Add, Manage, & Switch User Accounts On Android Lollipop

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One of the most awesome features to come out of the latest Android version is user accounts. Our smartphones and tablets are so ridiculously powerful these days that it's no wonder a feature like this was introduced, after all, we have multiple accounts on our laptops. Android Lollipop doesn't just let you add other users, it also comes with a pre-added Guest account that is already set up for you so you can switch to it and hand over your device immediately, when needed. Here's a quick look at how you add and switch between user accounts, and set them up. Read More

OneDrive Integration In Windows 10; Everything You Need To Know

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No doubt you've heard that Windows 10 will feature deeper OneDrive integration. Microsoft pushed its cloud drive onto it users back in Windows 8 and with each successive build of the Windows 10 technical preview, we see how more features are going to look and behave in the final version. OneDrive has some new settings in place, you still can't turn the thing off completely, and it's gone the Dropbox way of syncing files after listening to feedback from users who weren't all too happy with how the desktop app worked in Windows 8. Here's a quick look at OneDrive for Windows 10. Read More

Do Not Disturb Comes To Android Lollipop As Interruptions

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When Android Lollipop was first announced, a Do Not Disturb was part of the feature line-up. Now that Android Lollipop has begun rolling out to Nexus devices, we are taking a closer look at some of the most popular Android Lollipop features in their final form. When we visited the feature back in June, it was originally called Do Not Disturb but in the final version, it has been dubbed Interruptions and it can be found in the Sound section of the Settings app. We're not sure how long it will take for it to shed the Do Not Disturb label since it's already so popular from iOS but Interruptions as a feature has been built to impress. Let's take a look. Read More

4 Visual Changes In The New Windows 10 Technical Preview Build

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Microsoft has released Build 9879 of the Windows 10 Technical preview and it's actually more buggy than the last one. As it was with Build 9860, some features originally revealed at the official unveiling of Windows 10 but not released immediately, have been enabled with this new build. Windows 10 is also under going what can best be described as an interface change though the changes are far less extreme and really just a reinforcement of the Modern UI. Four UI changes caught our eye are the new folder icons, the battery indicator on both the lock screen and in the system tray, the new hamburger style buttons on Modern apps, and the refined look of the Notification Center. Read More