Learn To Type Code Faster With A Typing Tutor

A long, long time ago there was once an exceptionally popular program called TypingTutor. It was popular at a time when computers were just entering schools and offices. People needed to be taught how to type and this program was the go-to program to do just that. It taught users how best to position their hands over a keyboard and which fingers were best used to hit a key. SpeedCoder is a web app built on that very same principle but aimed at coders. It has dedicated tutorials for whichever language it is you code in. The app gives you a code snippet and you type it out. Here's how you can learn to type code faster with SpeedCoder. Read More

How To Turn Off Birthday Alerts In Windows 10

Windows 10 tells you when it's your friend's birthday. It does so on the lock screen as well as in the Calendar app. You may or may not like Windows 10 giving you these friendly little reminders to wish your friend a happy birthday. Windows 10 gets quite zealous with its reminders. It doesn't limit itself to just friends but will even alert you when a business contact has a birthday. Here's how you can turn off birthday alerts in Windows 10, and a quick look at where they come from. Read More

How To Use Picture In Picture Mode For Videos On Facebook

Facebook is the second most popular place where people watch videos. The number one spot is held by YouTube. This is a fact Facebook is well aware of and it constantly pushes video content to users. Videos on Facebook autoplay, and as of last year you can also cast a video to a Chromecast and other TV sticks. Facebook is now slowly rolling out a new feature whereby videos will auto-play with sound. There's also a neat picture in picture mode for videos on Facebook that lets you 'minimize' a video to a small corner of your screen and continue scrolling your feed. The video will continue to play, with sound. YouTube has this exact same thing. Here's how you can enter picture in picture mode for videos on Facebook. Read More

How To Turn Off Auto-Sound For Videos On Facebook

A while back, Facebook made it so that videos in your news feed would play automatically. It was awful. Thankfully, Facebook gave users a way to turn off auto-play for videos. It was a terrible idea to have videos play automatically and now Facebook is going to one-up that idea. A new feature is rolling out to users that will auto-play videos with sound. Before this feature was added, users had to tap a video to get sound. Now, videos will play automatically with sound. It will be awful. Thankfully, users have the option to turn off auto-sound for videos on Facebook. Here's how. Read More

Use Google Now On Tap To Translate Text In Images

Google Now On Tap is a neat context aware feature in Android. It lets you take screenshots and share them, look up words, and use your calendar more efficiently. One other neat Google Now on Tap trick is that it can translate text. This trick only works for images and not on web pages. If you have text in a different language, using Google Now on Tap to translate it isn't going to work. For imges though, it works like a charm. Read More

Find Which DLL Files Are In Use In Windows

Windows apps and processes access a type of file called 'DLL' files. A DLL file, if corrupt or missing, will often prevent an app or process from running correctly. At times, an app or process may fail entirely if the DLL file it needs is absent. The point is, these files are important even though you never run or download them. LoadedDllsView is a free Windows app that shows you which DLL files are in use at any given point. You can select a DLL file and view which app or process is accessing it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Make Cortana Use Your Default Browser In Windows 10

Microsoft has been very restrictive with Cortana. Cortana does not honor your default browser settings and sends all web searches to Microsoft Edge and it isn't just Cortana that does this. A lot of links still open in Edge with no way to stop them. EdgeDeflector is a tiny Windows app that fixes this. It forces Cortana to use your default browser and it also redirects all other links from Edge to your browser of choice. Here's how you can make Cortana use your default browser in Windows 10. Read More

How To Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome And Firefox

Cortana is one of the major features introduced in Windows 10 and as predicted, it is tied to Bing. Everyone knew Cortana would use Bing and Edge by default but we were optimistic that it would come with a customization tool that would let us use our browser and search engine of choice. Now that Windows 10 has been released, we realize the error of our ways. If you set a different browser as your default browser in Windows 10, Cortana will route all web searches to it but it will still use Bing. Here's you can make Cortana use Google in Chrome and Firefox. Read More

How To Remove Sina Weibo And Tencent Weibo From iOS

It's almost impossible for iOS apps to be malicious. When you download and install an app from the App Store, you know it's not going to install anything extra. iOS apps can't inject malicious ads nor can they hijack iOS settings. So why, you may ask, are you suddenly seeing 'Sina Weibo' and 'Tencent Weibo' in the Settings app in iOS? Both Sino Weibo and Tencent Weibo are social networks and they appear in the social networks group in the Settings app. Here's how you can remove Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo from iOS and where it came from. Read More

How To Get A New Windows Spotlight Image For Your Lock Screen In Windows 10

The Windows Spotlight images on your lock screen are pretty awesome. They change daily but there is no way to dictate how often Windows 10 will get a new Windows Spotlight image for your lock screen. You might actually be stuck with the same image for days on end if Windows 10 doesn't refresh the image. There's no way for you to request a new image; you have to wait until Windows Spotlight fetches a new one itself. If you've been stuck with the same image on your lock screen for too long though, there is a way to get a new Windows Spotlight image for your lock screen. Here's how. Read More

Fix ‘Your Payment Method Was Declined’ Error In App Store

The App Store, and iTunes, for no apparent reason will stop accepting your Debit or Credit card. A card that you previously had no trouble using to purchase apps, songs, or movies will stop working and the App Store simply tells you 'Your payment method was declined'. It then asks you to update your billing information. Doing so will, on occasion, fix the problem. If updating your billing information doesn't fix the 'Your payment method was declined' error, you're at a dead end. The App Store and iTunes doesn't provide any further direction but here are a few things you can try. Read More

How To Set The Windows Spotlight Image As Your Wallpaper In Windows 10

You can customize the the Windows 10 lock screen image. You have the option to set an image of your choice as the lock screen background or set up a slideshow. A third option lets you enable 'Windows Spotlight' which finds photos from Bing and sets them as your wallpaper. They're stored locally on your system as temporary files. If you really like a photo, you can hunt it down and set it as your desktop wallpaper. If you'd like to automate this, give Lock Screen Reflection a try. It's a free Windows utility that will set the Windows Spotlight image as your wallpaper. It works only if you have Windows Spotlight turned on for the lock screen. Here's how you can set the Windows Spotlight image as your wallpaper, both manually and via an app. Read More

How To Enable And Disable Two-Step Verification In Whatsapp

Whatsapp has added a new security feature; two step verification. The feature was initially rolled out to select users but has now been made available to everyone using Whatsapp. Two-Step verification in Whatsapp adds a second layer of security to ensureno one can set up Whatsapp using your phone number. When you enable two-step verification in Whatsapp, any time you need to set up Whatsapp on a new device you will have to provide your passcode. Here's how you can enable and disable two-step verification in Whatsapp. Read More

How To Sync Video Playback On Netflix When Watching With Friends

When you binge on Netflix with a group of friends, it's assumed you're all watching in the same room. That's not always true; you could both be watching the same thing from the comfort of your own homes. If you often watch Netflix with long distance friends then Netflix Party is a Chrome extension you should check out. It lets you sync video playback on Netflix so that you and your friend are watching the same scene at the same time. It prevents spoilers, of course, but also makes for a better viewing experience. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Get New Artwork For Your Desktop Wallpaper Daily

How often do you change your desktop wallpaper? Do you set a new wallpaper routinely or just change it when you find a really cool HD image? Finding new wallpapers isn't easy, especially if you need HD images. Windows 10 users have Windows Spotlight to turn to and macOS has some really great HD wallpapers by default. Both Windows Spotlight and the default macOS wallpapers are mostly photographs. If your tastes lean more towards the artistic side, Artpip is an app you should try out. It finds artwork and sets it as your wallpaper. You can choose how often the app will get new artwork for your desktop wallpaper. You can also exclude certain mediums e.g. sketches from being set as the wallpaper. Read More

How To Schedule Deleting Files In Dropbox

Dropbox is an exceptionally powerful file sharing service. As the service has developed over the years, it's incorporated features to help users collaborate on files. As far as sharing is concerned, the service has stuck with basic sharing features. Finesse is a web app that lets you schedule a date to automatically delete a file from your Dropbox account. The app lets you select a single or multiple files and schedule a date and time when they should be deleted. Here's how it works. Read More

Automatically Pause And Resume YouTube When You Switch Tabs [Firefox]

YouTube has a neat feature where, when you open a video it doesn't start to play until you switch to the tab. When you open a YouTube tab in the background; the video will start and continue to buffer. However, until you switch to the tab it won't actually play. YouTube auto Pause and Resume is a Firefox add-on that improves on this feature. It can automatically pause and resume YouTube video when you switch to a different tab. When you switch back to the YouTube tab, the video begins to play. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Enable Dynamic Lock In Windows 10

Windows 10 supports multiple options for keeping your PC secure. You have three types of passwords that you can set; alphanumeric, PIN, and picture. If you have a supported device, you can set up Windows Hello and train it to recognize your face. The Creators Update for Windows 10 will introduce a new locking mechanism for your PC; Dynamic Lock. It's meant for users who forget to lock their device and it works with paired Bluetooth devices. When a paired Bluetooth device, specifically a phone, is no longer nearby, Windows locks itself after 30 seconds. Here's how to enable Dynamic Lock in Windows 10. Read More

How To Practice Breathing Exercises For Meditation In VR

Breathing is a major part of yoga and meditation. The seemingly simple act of inhaling and exhaling is broken down into four steps which take a little time to get used to. If you're trying out meditation or learning the basics of breathing for yoga then Exhale VR is a web app that can help you. There are quite a few apps available to help people learn how to meditate and regulate their breathing and Exhale VR gives you a visual way to do it. You can use the app with Google Cardboard or, if you don't have VR headset, from just your desktop browser. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Find The Message ID For A Gmail Email [Chrome]

Gmail has quite a few management features for keeping track of important conversations. You can use labels, folders, and the star feature to make sure you don't lose an email. Gmail's robust search is another way to quickly find and retrieve a message. Every message you send or receive in Gmail has a unique ID. It's what Gmail uses to differentiate messages. On the surface you see the sender, subject, and contents of a message. At the back end, this unique ID is what keeps track of everything and you can use it to keep track of emails outside of Gmail. Gmail message ID finder is Chrome extension that helps you find the message ID for a Gmail email. Read More