5 Popular MS Office Tips From 2015

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Microsoft's Office Suite has no parallel. Google tries with its cloud documents option, and the iWorks Suite of apps does come close but Office has been around for ages and it's grown into an exceptional product. Knowing how to use the basic Office apps is often a prerequisite for many jobs and what might get you a shoe-in, or perhaps make your work easier and more presentable is if you know your way around these apps better. We covered a few tips for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in 2015 and here are the five best. Read More

New Features In Firefox 44 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 44 is out for both desktop and Android with few noteworthy features for end users. Developers are likely to appreciate the slew of new animations tools added in the web console on the desktop version. For Android users, there's the ability to set a custom home page and hide the speed dial i.e. Top Sites panel. Firefox for iOS did not receive a simultaneous update however, it has been updated twice this month, once with bug and security fixes, and once with two major feature additions to the app. You can now request the desktop version of a website and use third-party password managers on iOS. Here's a detailed look at the major new additions in Firefox 44. Read More

Permanently Hide The Facebook Page Posts That Your Friends Share

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Facebook pages can be very informative and they can be very annoying too. You have to weed out the bad ones and a good Facebook page can quickly, and very easily, turn into a bad one. On a personal level, you can simply unfollow a page and you no longer have to look at the rage inducing or mind numbing content it shares but what do you do if your friends share it? You can unfollow a friend but then all their activity, the stuff you might want to keep up with, will stop appearing in your feed. The answer is to block the annoying pages they share content from and you'll never have to look at it again. Here's how. Read More

Stream Live Video From Your Phone’s Camera To Chromecast

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An old out-dated smartphone can be utilized as a security camera. It's one of the most commonly suggested uses for devices that are no longer receiving firmware updates but have, otherwise, great hardware that is likely to go to waste. The devices aren't worth selling and can't be traded in so they're best used as a baby monitor or just a way to remotely keep an eye on your pets. Another pretty awesome use for the device is to use it as a webcam or if you have a Chromecast, you can use it to transmit a live video from the camera to a TV on your network. Here's how. Read More

How To Watch A 3D Movie With A VR Headset

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TVs have come a long way from the heavy, square, CRT screens they were years ago. Besides being slimmer, no longer needing a copper cable connection, and having exceptionally better resolutions, they've also gotten smart. Screens are so sophisticated now that you can watch a 3D movie all from the comfort of your home. The only thing stopping you is the price tag on these awesome screens which, given that the technology is still new, is a big one. That doesn't necessarily mean you can't watch a 3D movie at home. If you have a low end VR headset at home, it's actually pretty easy to do. Here's how you can watch a 3D movie with a VR headset. Read More

Watch Music Videos For The Songs In Your iTunes Library [iOS]

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Music takes up substantial space on our phones. Rarely, if ever, would you save a music video to your phone because it takes up considerably more space and the videos are on YouTube anyway. Perhaps what you might like better is if you could just jump to the music video for one of your favorite songs without having to search for it. Vusic is a very simple and very awesome free iOS app that syncs music from your iTunes library and lets you watch official music videos for all songs that have one. The videos are played from YouTube. Vusic doesn't download the videos and instead streams them live when you want to watch one. Read More

VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Headset Review

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Virtual Reality headsets are slowly entering the mainstream market. Smaller, cheaper sets in the form of Google Cardboard have been out for a while and 2015 saw the much anticipated Oculus Rift go on sale for a whopping $600. The set is riding on the high end of the VR headset market requiring users to own a desktop running the latest hardware. Between Google Cardboard and the Oculus Rift there are countless VR headsets currently available for anyone who wants to enjoy a VR game or an immersive VR experience without spending a lot of money and the VR Shinecon is one very good option. We took the headset for a test spin and here's our review of the device. We've also included a $5 discount code for anyone interested in buying the headset. Read More

20 Popular Web Apps & Tips From 2015

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A good web app can replace a desktop app and often, it's just better to have a go-to web app for something quick instead of installing a specialized one on your desktop. In 2015, one of the most popular web apps that debuted was the Imgur GIF maker but there were also the smaller, less famous ones that let you check if you needed to visit an optometrist, and help you find a new anime to watch based on the ones you like. Here's our list of the top twenty web apps and tips reviewed in 2015. Read More

Enter Obscure & Common Mathematical Symbols From iOS Keyboard [Paid]

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The default iOS keyboard has buttons for standard mathematical functions i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For any other symbol you might need to enter, you normally have to copy and paste them from some place. MathBoard is a $0.99 app for iOS that is meant to meet any and all mathematical symbol needs. It's a third-party keyboard app that has every common and obscure mathematical symbol you might ever need to enter including Pi. Read More

You Can Do Quick Calculations From Inside Spotlight In iOS

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What smartphone doesn't have a calculator app built into it? Even old feature phones had them as did those really cool wristwatches that were popular at some point. If you're picky about how the calculator app that came bundled on your phone looks or which features it has, you can download a different and exponentially better one for free. If you use an iOS device though, there's one thing you can't supplement and that's the ease of use that certain native features have in the OS. In this case, if you don't want to fumble around on your home screen tabs, folders, or the control panel, and want to be able to access a calculator anywhere, you can use Spotlight because it can do basic math problems. Read More

How To Natively Loop Videos On YouTube To Play Repeatedly

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If I ever have a song stuck in my head, my go-to solution for getting rid of it is to listen to it on repeat a million times. I normally use YouTube to listen to the song because I know it's going to be there and it's just super easy to find. What has been slightly less easy in the past is setting a video on YouTube to loop. It has an auto-play feature that will automatically start playing the next suggested video unless you disable it but up until yesterday, there was no option to loop the same video to play over and over. YouTube has just integrated the option in the right-click context menu that appears when you click inside the media player. Read More

How To Round Off All Decimal Values In A Row Or Column In MS Excel

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Working with numbers comes with a few rules and one such rule that deals with numbers in decimals is to round them off. If you work with Excel, you know that it doesn't round off numbers unless they're being treated as currency. If you're dealing with other types of numbers i.e. non-currency ones, and need to round off numbers to certain decimal point, there's a pretty simple way to do it. Read More

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

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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

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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]

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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

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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