Create A Shortcut To Launch Apps In Split Screen Mode In Android 7

Android 7.0 didn't have a lot of new features but Split Screen mode was definitely one of the bigger ones. The split screen mode lets you view two apps side by side. It's more impressive on an Android tablet or a phone with a considerably large screen. It takes quite a few taps to enter split screen view. Screens is a free Android app that lets you launch any two apps in split screen mode. The app does two things; it makes it super simple to enter split screen view, and it lets you create a shortcut to launch apps in split screen mode in Android 7.0. Root access is not required. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For All Tweets By A Twitter Account

If you enable notifications for the Twitter app, it will alert you when someone mentions you in a tweet, or favorites or retweets something you tweeted. It will also, on occasion, tell you when several accounts are tweeting about the same thing. So far, the Twitter app doesn't let you follow and get alerts for all tweets related to a specific hashtag. The great thing about Twitter though is that events of the smallest scale will often have dedicated Twitter accounts talking about them. For an event of any importance, news accounts on Twitter will likely be tweeting about it. If you want to be alerted to any and all tweets sent by a specific Twitter account, you can enable notifications specifically for it. Here's how. Read More

Get A 360° Photo Each Time You Open A New Tab In Chrome

Last year, VR and 360° photos and videos took center stage for a lot of major tech companies. Facebook added the ability to view 360° photos and quite a few VR headsets were released. Companies are pushing these two new media formats more than ever but the truth is, VR technology is still too expensive to be massively popular. 360° videos and photos are slightly more affordable to capture if you have the right equipment and they are pretty astounding to look at. SVRF Tabs is a Chrome extension that adds a 360° image to every new tab you open. You can pan around and explore the photo. Read More

How To Make Sense Of Data Exported From The iOS Health App

The Health app in iOS collects different types of data, either directly or through third-party apps. If you have an Apple Watch, the Health app data is likely richer. The Health app's data can be transferred between iOS devices and you can export it. When you export data from the Health app, it is exported in two XML files. The app zips them and lets you choose how you want to save it. It's all very easy up until this point. When you extract the zip file, however, it's hard to make sense of the XML files inside. Often, you might not know which app can read the XML file and how to make sense of the data inside it. We're going to break it all down for you. Read More

Block YouTube Suggestions When Browsing Without Signing In

You don't have to sign into your Google account to browse YouTube. The benefits of signing in are that you get to see content curated for your particular interests. YouTube will suggest content for you to watch based on the channels you've subscribed to and the kinds of videos you watch outside of the subscribed ones. The thing is, even if you're not signed into YouTube, the videos you watch and search for eventually start to influence the suggested content. This is because YouTube, through cookies, keeps track of what you're watching. Your search and viewed history remains blank but the suggested content is tailored nevertheless. Here's how to block it. Read More

How To Attach Private Notes To Twitter Profiles [Chrome]

Twitter is a pretty neat way to find interesting conversations. Once you get the hang of it you can use it follow developing stories and  connect with people in your areas of interest. Twitter makes it easy to find and follow people but it lacks in the organization area. Twitter lists are really the only tool at our disposal to keep track of the accounts we follow. Whodis is a Chrome extension that lets you add private notes to Twitter profiles. You can add a note to remind you why you followed a particular account. Read More

How To Find The Dominant Colors In An Image [macOS]

Good design takes time and often years of experience and experimentation to get right.It is built on certain conventions and rules that serve as the basis of a good design. A common example of a design convention is the use of contrasting colors to make text look better on a colored background. Vaunt is a free macOS that lets you find the dominant colors in an image. It's a simple menu bar utility that you can drag & drop imaged on to. It will find the dominant colors in an image and display all shades of it that appear in the image. You can click a color and its HEX code will automatically be copied to your clipboard. Read More

See What Objects Facebook Has Identified In Your Photos

Facebook has built-in face recognition that works on the photos you upload and share. When you upload a photo, the face recognition suggests which friends you should tag in it. Facebook doesn't just recognize the people in photos; it also recognizes objects in your photos. The photos we upload to Facebook aren't all selfies; food and cats are also popular subjects in our photos. Facebook can and does recognize these things and duly adds tags to it that we can't see. If you want to check out what objects Facebook has identified in photos, you need the Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags extension for Chrome. Read More

Twenty Best Windows Tips & Tricks Of 2016

Happy New Year folks! It's the end of one year, and the start of another. What better way to ring in the new year than to look back at some of the best Windows tips we covered in 2016. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update came out last year, and Microsoft ended the free Windows 10 upgrade. A few new features were introduced in Windows 10 with this update and Windows Updates broke a few things. For the most part, Windows 10 improved in stability in 2016. Here's a look at the best tips and tricks we covered for Windows in 2016 Read More

How To Set A Maximum Volume Limit In Windows

Smartphones have a built-in check on how loudly you can listen to music. The OS warns you that it might be dangerous for your hearing when you try to increase the volume beyond a certain point. You can choose to ignore it and increase the volume anyway but the warning is still there. Desktop operating systems don't have such a warning and parental controls don't extend to limiting the volume. Quiet On The Set is a free Windows app that lets you set a maximum volume limit. The app prevents a user from increasing the system volume beyond the limit that has been set. The user will still be able to increase the volume in apps like Videos, Windows Media Player, and VLC player. Read More

Fix iPhone Messages App Crash From The iMessage Contact Bug

Friends play tricks on friends; sometimes it's something harmless like drawing on your face when you're asleep. Other times, it's something more extreme like crashing the Messages app on your iPhone. That app is an essential app; you cannot delete it from your iPhone even if you're running iOS 10. There's a new bug going around that lets someone crash your Messages app. As a result of this bug, your Messages app is rendered unusable. Here's how the bug works and how you can fix it if you've fallen victim. Read More

Watch An Age Restricted YouTube Video Without Signing In By Modifying The URL

YouTube's content guidelines prevent users from uploading content others would normally need to watch in an incognito window. That doesn't mean the content on the site is suitable for everyone. YouTube has a special Kids app that lets parents control what their kids can watch on YouTube. YouTube also places age restrictions on viewing certain types of videos. These are mostly videos with a lot of violence or nudity. Strong language doesn't fall under this category; you can watch all of Grade A Under A's videos without having to prove you're at least 18 years old. If you click on a video that asks you to sign in to watch it, you don't really need to sign in. There's a pretty neat trick you can pull with the URL of an age restricted YouTube video to by-pass the age restriction. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Fix iPhone Not Showing In File Explorer In Windows

There was a time when you could expect an Apple product, whether it was a phone or an OS, to work exceptionally well. That time is gone and it's possible it left with Steve Jobs. Apple's latest products have had an unusual amount of bugs. We know iPhones aren't self-combusting but they haven't been working all that great. iOS has its fair share of bugs and it also has some odd issues when working with non-Apple devices and software. Case in point; the iPhone not appearing in the File Explore in Windows. Users running iOS 10 trying to connect their iPhone to a Windows 10 machine have been seeing this for quite some time now. Since an Apple product and a Microsoft product are involved, there's no one to actually claim responsibility for it but here's a quick and simple fix. Read More

What Are The Camera Roll & Saved Photos Folders In Windows 10

Libraries in Windows are a long standing feature, and they're pretty useful. The libraries have mostly been left untouched as Windows went from one version to the next. In Windows 10, the Pictures library has three new folders; Camera roll, Saved Pictures, and Screenshots. The Screenshots folder is self-explanatory and ties right in with the screenshot feature added in Windows 10. The screenshots you capture via the Win+Prnt Screen short are saved to this Screenshots folder. The 'Camera Roll' folder is something you can expect to find if you've connected a digital camera, or an smartphone to your PC but that's not where it comes from. The 'Saved Photos' folder and what it's for is anyone's guess. These two folders are created by the Camera and Photos apps respectively. Here's what they're for and how you can move them to a different location. Read More

How To Project Only A Part Of Your Screen In Windows

Windows lets you project your screen to a second display. The feature has been a part of Windows for years with support for both connected and wireless displays. When you project your screen, you project all of it. You cannot limit it so that only a portion of it is projected to the connected display. Out of the box, Windows has no solution for this particular need but VLC player does. It lets you display your entire screen or just a small portion of it to a second display. Here's how to get it up and running. Read More

Add The Same Layer Style To A Layer Multiple Times In Photoshop CC

Layer styles have long been a part of Photoshop's features. You can use them to add a color stroke, an inner or outer glow, a drop shadow, a color overlay, a gradient overlay, and more to a single layer. Layer styles are pretty useful but older versions of Photoshop only let you apply a layer style once to a given layer. For example, you can only add a single stroke to a layer. As of Photoshop CC 2017 however, this limitation has been removed so that you can add the same layer style to a single layer multiple times. Here's how. Read More

Get An Alert When AirPods Are In Stock At Your Nearest Apple Store

Apple has finally released its wireless earbuds; AirPods. The AirPods were a great joke up until they were actually released but Apple is having the last laugh by limiting their availability. Within seconds of the AirPods becoming available, their delivery times went up. It can now take a whole month for your AirPods arrive, maybe even longer. Most stores you visit will not have them in stock, or they might be bought before you get to the store or are able to reserve them. Is In Stock is a little web app that lets you sign up for when AirPod are back in stock. You can pick the store you want to buy them from and get an email alert when the store has them in stock. Read More

Pin And Unpin The Current Tab Via A Keyboard Shortcut In Chrome

Chrome allows you to pin tabs. Pinned tabs can't be closed accidentally as they do not have a close button. They also take up less space on the tabs bar making them easier to work with. The pinned tab feature is best used for websites you need to have open all the time such as your email. When you click a link inside a pinned tab, it will always open in a new tab guaranteeing you never accidentally navigate away from the pinned URL. Pinned tabs have been part of Chrome for a long time but to this day, there is no keyboard shortcut support for them. In order to pin a tab in Chrome, you must right-click the tab and select 'Pin Tab' from the context menu. Likewise, in order to unpin or close the tab, you again have to go through a right-click context menu. The only way to pin and unpin tabs via a keyboard shortcut is to use an extension and URL Pinner is what does the trick. Read More

How To Set Custom Colors For Contacts In Messenger In Android

The Google Messenger app is the default messaging app in Android 7.0. The app can send and receive SMS and MMS. Some users speculate that this app will soon replace Hangouts but that hasn't happened just yet. Google Messenger is pretty simple for a messaging app; it has emoji, stickers, and quick contact look up. It also has a neat little feature that lets you set a custom color for conversation threads. You can set a different color for each contact you have a conversation thread for. Here's how. Read More

How To Change Keyboard Layout With A Keyboard Shortcut In Windows 10

Windows has long had support for multiple keyboard layouts. If you type in two different languages, e.g., English and French, you might need to switch the keyboard layout to do so. The quickest way to switch the layout of course is to use a keyboard shortcut. Windows 10 lets you enable a keyboard shortcut that lets you cycle through all the input languages you've added. It also lets you switch to a specific keyboard layout via a keyboard shortcut. It's an added feature of the language bar but it isn't enabled by default even if the language bar itself is enabled. Here's how to enable a keyboard shortcut for changing the keyboard layout in Windows 10. Read More