Answer Messages With A Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down On Your iPhone

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Facebook's Messenger app has a thumbs up button that, when tapped, sends a Thumbs-Up emoji (Or sticker?) to whoever you're talking to. Using it is even better than typing out 'K' in place of 'Ok' or 'Okay' and it induces far less range on the recipient's side when it is sent. The thumbs-up symbol, not to mention the thumbs-down which Facebook doesn't support, is pretty universal in meaning. You can use it to communicate approval and disapproval but only Facebook capitalizes on it. Thumbify is free a third party keyboard app for iOS with exactly two buttons; a thumbs up and a thumbs down (and a pretty pointless number pad for some reason). Once enabled, you can use it to quickly send the thumbs up and thumbs down emoji when texting. Read More

Highlight Specific Colors In A Photo With New Fade & Color Feature In Instagram

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Filter apps keep crowding the photography app category on both iOS and Android app stores. Meanwhile, Instagram which fuelled their popularity isn't sitting back and allowing the photo-filter space to crown a new king. A recent Instagram update for Android has rolled out two new features; Fade and Color. Fade as the name implies allows you to give a sort of washed out look to your photo whereas the Color feature lets you pick colors to highlight or tone down. It is something like an extension of the Shadows and Highlights feature introduced a while back but with an emphasis on a particular color. The features have rolled out for Android and will be rolled out soon for iOS. Update: The features are now available for iOS. Read More

Extract HD Photos From A Video On Your iPhone

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When you record a video with the default camera app on the iPhone you can snap photos while you record. There's a button next to the record/stop button that lets you do that. The photos  can only be taken while you record. Once you'r done recording, there is no built-in feature that allows you to extract photos from a video. To do so, you would likely need a third-party app, possibly one that you will have to use from the desktop. Taplet is a free iOS app that tackles this; it lets you record videos and take HD photos while recording (more or less the same as the default camera app) but it also lets you save any part of a video, with frame-by-frame support, as a photo. There is one downside though; the app seems to add a watermark to the photos after the first few you save. It can be removed with a $1.99 in-app purchase or by inviting three friends to download the app. Read More

Pin Any Window To Keep It On Top Of All Others

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Apps that deem it essential to their function will include an option to keep their own respective window on top of all others. These apps are rare and many times we find apps that would have been better off to include this feature. For apps like that there is PinMe, a free portable Windows app that lets you pin any application's window or a folder so that it remains on top of all others. The app works on both Windows 7 and 8 (and above). Read More

Get An RGB Or HTML Code For On-Screen Colors With Shade Variations

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Color picking tools are abundantly available for almost all desktop and mobile platforms. How they work may vary based on system and device but generally you have an app that will let you pick colors off your screen and give you the color's RGB or HEX code. CP1 is a color picking tool for Windows that stands out for its excellent and clean interface. The app can pick a color off your screen and give you the RGB and HTML code for it. When you point the app to a single color, it automatically gives you fourteen other varying shades of the same color. You have the option to expand the colors to a more wider palette. CP1 maintains a history of all colors you've ever picked. Click an old selection and you will also be able to view the other shades you were shown with it. Click on an RGB or HTML code and it is automatically copied to your clipboard. Read More

Upload Screenshots From Your iPhone To Your Dropbox Account

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Screenshots are a popular feature on the iPhone and not just because we have text conversations to tweet or post to Reddit. It's an easy way to save something useful on your screen without resorting to a third-party app to bookmark or save it for you. For my own part, I end up taking quite a few screenshots when I review an app. You can use Carousel, Dropbox's own app for backing up photos if you want everything in your camera roll backed up but if you want to limit it to just screenshots, Drop Shot is a decent alternative. It quickly filters through your camera roll and identifies which photos in it are screenshots. You can then select from the filtered out screenshots which ones you want to upload. Once you've uploaded images, you get the option to delete them from your device and free up space. Read More

Force Close A Chrome Tab When It Becomes Unresponsive

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Chrome tabs can become unresponsive for any reason but usually, often before you notice a tab is stuck, it will crash. You will have the option to reload said tab and work will continue without a hitch. On the rare occasion when this doesn't happen and closing the tab doesn't work either (the tab refuses to close), you have to wait for Chrome to realize there is a problem or you have to close Chrome. The much easier and less drastic measure is to close the tab. Here's how you can force close a single tab when it's unresponsive and the close button isn't working either. Read More

Compress Any Video To A Custom Size On Your Android Device

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Yesterday we published a cheat sheet of video editing apps for Android. The purpose of the post was to pin-point for readers apps that did what we though were essential video editing functions, for free and without adding a watermark. One of our readers asked for an app that could help compress a video and sure enough, we found one that did the trick. Meet Video Compressor a free app as simple as its name and yet surprisingly good. It features ads but we're not complaining because one; they are not annoyingly intrusive and two; because this app lets you choose the exact size (in MB) that you want to compress a video to. Read More

Scan And Convert Images To Text On Your Phone And Export To MS Word

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Microsoft has just released Office Lens, a photos, whiteboard, and document scanning app for both the iPhone and Android. The app can scan a document and convert the image to text. The text can then be exported and opened in the MS Office or MS PowerPoint app if they are installed on your device. The text can also be exported to OneNote, the file can be saved to OneDrive, the text can be sent to the Mail app (on your iPhone) and it can be saved as a PDF. That about covers everything you could ever need a document scanning app to do but it also scans images and whiteboards so that you can share them with others. We took it for a spin and it works great. Read More

Copy An Image Or Contents Of A Text File Without Opening It [Windows]

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The clipboard is a very basic and exceptionally important feature in every operating system. Both desktop and mobile operating systems support this feature and you will still find apps that attempt to give you something that is far more powerful. These third party clipboard apps might let you copy multiple text snippets, store your clipboard history after a system restart, or copy text while preserving the formatting. Copy Contents is a free Windows app that makes copying text from a simple text file or copying an image much faster. Instead of first opening the text file or the image, selecting its contents, and hitting Ctrl+C, the app lets your right-click the file and copy its contents from the Copy Contents context menu option that it adds. Read More

Share Screenshots & Text From Your iPhone To Multiple Social Networks [Beta Invites]

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Almost three years ago we reviewed an app called PolarFox for OS X, Windows, and Linux that allowed users to share screenshots to multiple social networks. A PolarFox app for iOS is now close to launch with the closed Beta live right now (see the end of this article to get your Beta invite). The Beta version supports Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Facebook Pages, Tumblr, WordPress Hosted, LinkedIn, Facebook Group, app.net, and Webhook. You will be able to connect multiple accounts while the app is in Beta. Once the PolarFox app goes live, you will need to upgrade to connect multiple accounts. In addition to sharing screenshots, the app also lets you share any text copied to your clipboard. It also features a quick share mode that will automatically pick the most recent image you saved or screenshot you took and attach it, ready to share. Read More

New Features In Firefox 37 For Desktop And Android

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You've probably read this a few hundred thousand times but we're reiterating it; rapid release cycles more often than not make version numbers irrelevant. It's been happening with Firefox for the past few release cycles with the previous versions having little to offer to end users and developers alike. Firefox 37 is out and we can't say we're impressed. There are the usual bug fixes and security fixes that are part of every release. The new version has a brand new way of getting feedback from users; a pop-up widget that will be displayed to select users once a day. Bing users will now enjoy HTTPS while searching, and for users in Turkey, the default search engine has been set to Yandex. For developers, there is a new animations tab in the Inspector panel as well as a new Security tab in the network panel. For the Android version, the new additions include an improvement to how downloads are handled and the URL bar now displays the URL instead of the page title, by default. Read More

View A Complete List Of All Broadcasts Live On Periscope

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Periscope has become quite popular since its launch. It's too soon to say whether or not it's going to feature great content but we have seen some really impressive fridges in the past few days so it does have potential. The app is still in its early days and Twitter didn't go crazy trying to incorporate every single feature imaginable so there's still plenty missing from the Periscope app. The live broadcasts is one thing that needs improvement and there isn't a search feature just yet. On Periscope is a service that lists all broadcasts that are live or that have ended on Periscope. You can't view a broadcast in your browser so this web app is best accessed on your mobile browser. Read More

How To Add Conditional Formatting To Cells In Google Sheets

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Google has rolled out conditional formatting for its online spreadsheet app Google Sheets. It's a reason to rejoice because this feature isn't about fancy or impressive looking cells. If you've ever used the feature of the same name on Microsoft Excel, you know it can be used to differentiate cells based on their value. The Conditional Formatting feature in Google Sheets lets you enter a differentiating criteria based on text, numerical, or date value. You can also enter a custom differentiating value. If the app identifies a cell that meets the criteria i.e. the rule(s) you applied, it will format the cell differently. What's more is that you can apply multiple rules and choose the order they are executed in. Here's a quick run down of the feature. It's been released, partially on the Android version. Read More

A Cheat Sheet For Video Editing Apps For Your Android Phone

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Last week we wrote a small guide on video editing apps for the iPhone that allowed you to perform basic video editing functions for free, and without adding any watermarks to the final output. The purpose of the post was to help readers find an app that had the one video editing function they were looking for and didn't cost anything to use. This post covers those same functions with apps for Android users. The apps are free but almost all of them feature ads which vary in how annoying and obtrusive they are. Some apps may reduce the quality of the final video but no app ads a watermark. Read More

Auto Expand Code Snippets On Stack Exchange For Better Reading [Firefox]

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Forums like Stack Exchange are amazing for the sheer size of their community but also for the wide range of topics this one single platform covers. You can ask people to help you with code and scripts that you're trying to execute and even help you learn the correct use of a semi-colon by asking the right group of people. Speaking of code, Stack Overflow lets users share code both when seeking help and when providing it. Anyone who deals with code might also know that those lines that do so much can sometimes get really long and because syntax is so important hyphenating or breaking a long line so that it appears in the next one is often times a big no-no. Wide screen stackexchange sites is a Firefox add-on that expands the Q&A area of Stack Exchange sites so that any code that's been shared is easier to read. Read More

Speed Up And Slow Down Playback For Different Parts Of A Video [iOS]

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Short videos, slow-motion videos, and time lapse videos have all become popular in the past few years. It's much easier to do now with apps like Hyperlapse from Instagram, Instagram's own short video feature, and of course; Vine. It may also have something to do with cameras on our phones being able to capture slow motion and time lapse video as well. Tempo Video Editor is a free iOS app that lets you speed up and slow down different parts of the same video as it plays. If you use the free version, you get a watermark on your final video. It costs $4.99 to remove the watermark. Read More

How To Send GIFs On Facebook Messenger [iOS]

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iOS 8 supports third-party keyboards. If you don't know just what that means in terms of faster typing and conversations that are way more fun with GIFs, just go ask one of your Android phone touting friends. They will have a lot to say on the matter. With the introduction of third-party keyboards, GIF keyboards have become a thing for iOS. They provide a searchable library of popular GIFs that you can send over messages. They work great in the Messages app but for some reason Facebook Messenger doesn't support them. This might have to do with Facebook wanting to promote only its own animated stickers (there's even a Stickers app for it) but it's disappointing that it has to be that way. GIFjam for Messenger is a free iOS app that provides a work around. It's not a keyboard app though so what you essentially end up doing is searching and selecting a GIF from the app and sending it via the Messenger app. You are switched to the Messenger app when the GIF is sent so it isn't that GIFjam is a substitute for the Messenger app. It acts as a bridge between GIFs and your conversations. Read More

3 Reasons To Use Live Video Broadcasting App Periscope

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You've no doubt heard of Periscope, the new live broadcast app launched by Twitter and set to rival Meerkat. With that assumption, it seems to limit the app's use to people who game or are interested in gaming. While they can get some use out of it if they like, the app is so much more than that. After using it for barely half a day, I'm hooked. The app is meant for live streaming but connecting it to Twitter's large user base opens up a whole new way to interact with people and to get information. Here's three great ways the app is being used now making it worth joining. Read More

Get Excel 2013 To Recognize The Comma Delimiter In A CSV File

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If you have MS Excel installed on your system, any CSV file you download is automatically associated with the program. Excel is more than capable of opening and editing a CSV file, the only problem is the way it reads the data in the file. By default, Excel is not set up to recognize the comma as a delimiting character. The result is, whenever you open a CSV file, the data looks all wrong. The data in rows is successively added to columns instead of staying in its CSV defined layout. It's hard to read and even harder to work with. Here's a simple way to get Excel to read and display the data correctly. Read More