Stop Animated GIFs From Auto-playing In Your Browser

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Auto-playing content, whether it's an ad, a video (I'm looking at you Facebook), or a GIF can a drag down your bandwidth and it can also be exceptionally annoying since it slows down the page load. The only time it's acceptable for content to auto-play is if you're browsing Imgur, or perhaps Twitter where there are plenty og GIFs and Vines being shared but at all other times auto-playing content is just another thing you wish websites would stop doing. We detailed how to disable auto-playing content in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safrai, and Opera but our post didn't address GIFs that will continue to auto-play despite 'click to play' being enabled in your browser. Here's how you can stop GIFs from playing in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Notification Center

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Notifications have been a part of the Windows OS for a good long time though up until Windows 8, they weren't even in the same league as those on OS X or even on our smartphones. Windows 10 refines them further so that you can review all notifications you've received in a single pop-up panel. The notifications can be turned off or muted on a per-app basis, or you can mute all notifications for a certain period of time. The notifications are interactive; if you save a new file, or download an app, clicking the notification that alerts you to the completion of either of those actions will open the file, or launch the app for you. Here is a quick run down of everything you can do with the new Windows 10 notification center. Read More

Until AM: Mix Music From Your Local Drive Or SoundCloud [Web]

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Mixing music and experimenting with sounds isn't something as simple as creating a playlist (or a mix tape?). It's a lot of experimentation, it requires a good ear, and a pretty good idea of what you're doing. It also requires the use of complex and costly software which is worth investing if you know you're going to use it, and use it frequently. For anyone just curious about mixing music and trying their hand at being a DJ, there is Until AM, a simple web app that lets you mix any two songs either from your local drive or from SoundCloud. You can increase or decrease the playback speed, independently control the volume of each song, and manage the delay for each one. Read More

Can’t Receive Messages After Switching From iPhone To Android? Now There’s An Official Fix From Apple

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Apple is known to poach Android users, and when someone decides to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone people are more than just curious as to why anyone would make a decision like that. Whatever the reason to switch may be, anyone who previously went from an iOS device to an Android device or Windows Phone would have experienced a delay or a complete failure to receive messages sent by iPhone using friends. Try as one might, they just couldn't get iMessages or even regular texts to find their way to the new Android phone. This happens when you don't disconnect iMessages from your  phone number. You may have removed your Apple ID from a device but iMessages is a service that must be turned off and simply removing your Apple ID from a device just doesn't cut it. Unfortunately, not a lot of people will know this until it is too late. This very issue got a significant amount of attention in the blogsphere earlier this year, and Apple has just released a tool to let you deactivate iMessages from any browser using your Apple ID. Read More

TakeOwnerShip Pro: Resolve ‘Cannot Delete’ And ‘Access Denied’ Errors [Windows]

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File and folder permissions on Windows are pretty great when they're working for you but when the OS suddenly decides to deny access to a folder on your hard drive even though you're logged in as the administrator, these very permissions become a problem, to say the least. You end up jumping through hoops trying to figure out why a file you created a short while back is no longer accessible to you. We've reviewed a number of utilities that help fix the 'Cannot Delete File' and 'Access Denied' errors, noteworthy of which is Unlocker. A new app in this same category is TakeOwnerShip Pro; it has a super simple interface and is compatible with all Windows versions from Vista to Windows 10. Read More

Use The New Tab Page As A Dashboard For Task Management Services [Chrome]

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One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and on the New Tab page, organize them in an orderly manner. Taco App is a little service that works through a Chrome extension and is indeed something like the One Ring only for task managing apps and services. It lets you connect over 30 to-do list and task management services and presents all upcoming tasks from them on the New Tab page. The tasks can be organized on the page into stuff that's meant to be done later and stuff that is meant to be done next. Needless to say, the default New Tab page is replaced with a new one but it still links to your frequently visited sites (the speed dial) at the bottom of the page, you can print the list of tasks, and email them. Supported services include Asana, Jira, Basecamp, Github, Evernote, Gmail, and more. Read More

Sleep Better Tells You How Well You’re Sleeping

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Scientists still debate over why we sleep. There is no doubt that we need to sleep but the effects of sleep are simply amazing and worth every bit of research that is done about it. While scientists are figuring out the many mysteries of sleep, the REM cycle, why we dream, sleepwalk, talk in our sleeps, and that one time when Professor Utonium began robbing toy stores in his sleep, we wake up to the shrill call of our alarms wondering why it feels as though we haven't rested at all. Sleep Better is an iOS and Android app by Runtastic, a popular name in heath and fitness apps, and it helps analyze your sleep patterns telling you how efficient your slumber was. Sleep Better integrates with iOS 8's health app. Read More

Translate Medical Jargon Into Simple English With A Chrome Extension

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At some point in our lives, we've all felt ill and decided that instead of consulting a certified medical practitioner who went to medical school and studied medicine for a good four years we should just Google our symptoms to find out what's wrong with us. The answer is usually that we have some sort of cancer or that one of our symptoms is indicative of cancer.It's overkill no doubt but it's possible that we aren't reading the information right. Even if we're just reading up on a disease that may be transferred genetically, or something the doctor warned us we might be at risk of, a lot of the medical information available online isn't written in layman terms. Iodine's Medical Translator is a Chrome extension that fixes that. It finds medical terms on a web page and translates it into ordinary English that we can comprehend. Read More

Oops! AppLock Uses A Volume Key Pattern To Prevent Access To Apps [Android]

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Android Lollipop, when it finally rolls out to the masses, has a very interesting and exceptionally useful feature that lets you create guest accounts on your phone. This guest account has restricted access and is a great way to hand your device off to a child or a friend without fear of them poking around or deleting anything important. Until it rolls out, and it might be a considerably long time before it does for some devices, we will continue to keep our personal items safe some other way. Oops! AppLock is a free Android app that locks apps you select. The key to unlocking the apps and gaining access to them is what sets it apart. Where normally, users would fiddle with swipes or taps on the screen, codes, or patterns, this app unlocks from the volume keys. Read More

What To Do If Android Device Is Not Listed After ADB Devices Command

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A good while ago, we did a post on what ADB is and how to install it. If you're even slightly adventurous with your Android device, you probably know what ADB is and why it's so important. Overclocking? Xpose? Custom ROM? Rooting? It's only possible after you have ADB installed on your desktop. Now, installing it is pretty simple and you need only read our guide to confirm it yourself but installing it is really the easy part. As you start on your journey to rooting an Android device, learning the terminologies, and downloading the seriously large files needed to modify your device, you will also encounter the many odd errors that occur seemingly without reason or cause. Some of these errors effectively stop you from going ahead with whatever you'r doing and you end up looking for a solution to them instead. One such problem is when the adb devices command executed in the Command Prompt doesn't list your device when previously, it did so. Here's a quick solution to fix it. Read More

Google reCAPTCHA Mailhide Hides Your Email Behind CAPTCHA To Stop Spam

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Google has just released the reCAPTCHA Mailhide API for web app developers as a means of fighting spam. For end users this means good news and waiting for developers to get on-board with it. Granted, anything that uses CAPTCHA is predisposed to be frowned upon but there are two things worth mentioning here; CAPTCHA does indeed help stop bots, and Google, the company that has identified 10/10 times that the email from a Nigerian Prince's or that one telling you've won the lottery both belong in the spam folder, has developed this. The API is meant to hide email addresses in apps that list them by having a user enter a CAPTCHA code before they can view the email address. Where it's a great security feature for web app developers to use, it's also a great tool for anyone that needs to post their email address publicly on a personal and/or business website. Read More

Here Are Some Security Improvements In Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Android Lollipop was rumoured to roll out on November 3, 2014. The new Nexus devices are now available and those who get their hands on one will be among the first to use the stable Lollipop OS. Android updates are not like iOS updates; they roll out over extended time periods that are months long, and they aren't made universally available to all devices running Android. Many device owners will wait a considerably long time for an update to become available. This is a given when you decide to use Android but with Lollipop, there is more excitement and anticipation surrounding this release and you may be wondering why this update, of all the others, is such a big deal. The shortest answer we can give you is Security. Android Lollipop is big on it and we're detailing just what the new security features are. Read More

Movieo: Discover Movies Starring Your Favorite Actor And More

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Monday is supposed to be a productive day, and possibly an unpleasant one since it's the start of the week and today some of you might still be high on candy from the Trick or treating. Mondays end and at the end of a Monday, a pick-me-up movie is a pretty good idea. Movieo is a web service for finding movies and we've covered a whole bunch of other apps and services that do just this. Movieo sets itself apart by letting you search for movies by actor. It supports other common movie filters as well such as genre, year of release, and country of production. Read More

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Shortcuts

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Following up on our post about Windows 10 shortcuts for snapping windows, we decided to explore one of the more exciting features in Windows 10, the virtual desktops. Windows is great when it comes to keyboard shortcuts so rest assured if someone were to go out hunting for a list of shortcuts for any feature, they won't be disappointed. So far as the Technical Preview of Windows 10 is concerned, we've found four helpful shortcuts that let you switch to the next or previous desktop from the current one, close a virtual desktop, open a new virtual desktop, or select the next or previous desktop when you have the multi-task view open. Read More

PrefDelete Lets You Uninstall Tweaks From The Settings App [Jailbreak]

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A world without Cydia is hard to imagine. You could very well jailbreak your device and not have this app installed on it but unless you've actually owned a jailbroken iPhone, you won't know just how crucial this one app is to the experience jailbrokers enjoy. That said ( and I have all the admiration in the world for Cydia), I've never quite liked the process of uninstalling a tweak. Just finding it in the Installed tab is itself a tedious task. The Recent tab does help but unless I remember what a tweak was called, uninstalling it is going to be time consuming. PrefDelete is a free Cydia tweak available in the BigBoss repository that lets you uninstall a tweak from the Settings app. Read More

How To Snap Windows Using Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows 10

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Snapping in Windows 10 is very different than it was in Windows 8 and Windows 7. If you never made the jump to Windows 8, or if you decided to revert back to Windows 7 after you realized you didn't like Windows 8 one bit, snapping windows in Windows 10 will seem even more different. We touched on the feature, and how it works in our Windows 10 feature review. One major change with the Snap feature is that it doesn't just let you snap windows to one half or one quarter of the screen. Instead you have many more snapping options and more sizes to snap a window in. This guide details them all. Read More

Hiding The Mini Toolbar In Office 2013

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Microsoft got a lot of heat with Windows 8 and loyal Windows users were disappointed with the company's attempt at innovation since it ended up sacrificing two of the most iconic features of the OS but Microsoft and its products aren't all a result of trial and error. Take a look at Office 2013 and you can see the company gets a lot of things right in just the one go. The Office productivity suite has everything you could ever need to make a solid well-formatted document, spreadsheet, or presentation. What's more is that it also features many auto-fill options and helpful pop-ups to make formatting and composing a document or presentation easier. That said, one of the chief annoyances is the Mini Toolbar that pops up in all office apps when you select text. For some, this might be helpful but it appears over the text and there isn't an easy way to dismiss it. You can  however, disable it, if it annoys you. Here's how. Read More

Pilot Reader: Read & Save Tech News Catered Specifically To You

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There are hundreds of ways to keep up with news; Twitter, Reddit, RSS, Newsletters, and whatnot. The demise of Google Reader certainly opened and enriched this particular niche and new apps and services are still developed to this day. Pilot Reader is an iOS and Android app that caters to people interested in technology news. The app is free and very Tinder-like in its functionality. Not only does it curate technology news but it also learns to recognize what you like and save, to give you more relevant news. Like Tinder, you can swipe an item right to save it, and left to dismiss it. Read More

Resume A Failed Chrome Download From Where It Left Off [Tutorial]

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I'm overly cautious about download managers, especially the ones that try to get me to install a hundred other things during installation. Add to that the number of horror stories you read about malware, compromised data, security leaks, and whatnot, and I prefer to use my Chrome's download manager. This comes with a serious disadvantage though; if a download fails, I can't resume it. If it was something small, I won't mind downloading it fresh but for a sizeable download, this can be a problem. A very frustrating one at that. Naturally, anyone in my position will want a work around so here is a simple way to resume a failed download. You will need Firefox installed as the resumed download will be completed in Firefox. Read More

Send A Window To A Different Virtual Desktop In Windows 10

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Windows 10 introduced virtual desktops. Microsoft is quite far behind in introducing this feature since both OS X and Ubuntu have had it for ages. We don't know just how cooked the feature is; whether it's out in its entirety in the current developer build, or if there is more to come with the final release. That said, the new feature is very welcome and we're hoping lots of third-party apps will be developed to help us get even more out of these desktops. Like virtual desktops on other popular operating systems, you can move apps between these desktops in Windows 10. The process is much more refined in Windows 10 and makes it easier to send manage multiple windows. Read More