Draw On Photos Before Sharing Them Over Facebook Messenger [iOS]

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When Facebook Messenger was first released, it was seen as an attempt on Facebook's part to try and get its hands on everyone's contacts. Whether that was the case or not, Facebook Messenger, despite the harsh criticism it received when it was unveiled, has become very popular. It's now come to the point where apps are being developed to go with the Facebook Messenger app on your phone. Drawl for Messenger is a free iOS app built for just that purpose. It lets you draw on photos before you send them via Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Tell When You Last Booted Your System [Windows]

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Hibernate and sleep modes on Windows means you rarely have to shut down your system. There isn't any real harm in letting it Hibernate through the night and every night all through the week. It comes with its advantages; you don't have to wait for updates to install before the system shuts down, and you don't have to wait for them to install the next time you boot it. It's also incredibly easier to just close the lid instead of shutting the PC down. This is rarely a problem but if you ever need to know when was the last time you restarted, or more specifically, when you last booted up your PC, here's how you can check. Read More

Silence Your Alarm With A Wave Of Your Hand [Android]

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Waking up is hard, and waking up with some sense of what not to knock over is harder. If you're the regular adult with a job or just the average student trying to get through the semester two things are likely; you aren't very well coordinated the second you wake up after staying up too long (yet again) and you probably use your phone as an alarm clock. Mix those two together and you realize that turning the alarm off every morning comes with a fifty percent risk of you dropping your phone. Wave Alarm is a free Android app that takes the risk out of the equation and lets you turn alarm clocks off by waving a hand over your device. The app picks up movement from your camera and turns off the alarm. Read More

Get iOS Like Assistive Touch On Your Android Phone

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Android is no stranger to soft or floating keys and there are many apps in the Google Play store that add differen types soft keys to your device. You won't find similar options for iOS but soft keys come packaged as an accessibility feature of the OS. Most iPhone users will be familiar with Assistive Touch if their home button is or has been faulty at some point. Assistive Touch for Android is a free Android app that adds a floating button to your device's screen. It is built to replicate Assistive Touch on iOS and does a decent job of it. Be warned though, the app has ads that like to sneak up on you. They do not appear when you're using the app but will pop up a lot when you're setting the app up. Read More

Check If A Movie Is Critically Acclaimed Or A Commercial Success

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When Twilight, the movie, first came out its IMDb rating was through the roof. As more and more of the book's fanbase rated the movie, its score seemed to get better. It broke records and the franchise was a commercial success. It wasn't until more people saw the movie and gave it a more realistic rating that the IMDb page finally reflected it to be a mediocre movie at best. By then, too many of us had lost those precious hours of our life that could have been spent doing literally anything else. What that proved was that even IMDb and RottenTomato ratings can fail us. Meet the Pretentious O Meter created by Niall Beard. It's a simple little web app that analyzes IMDb and RottenTomato ratings alongside the critical acclaim a film has to tell you whether it's good or just a commercial success. Read More

Get Notifications To Wake Up Your Locked Screen On Android Lollipop

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Android Lollipop axed a few features of the OS that had been very popular in the past. Lock screen widgets are a good example but some other, more subtle changes made by Google include notifications no longer waking your screen up when it is locked. For people with newer devices this isn't too much of a big deal because if their device has the supported hardware, they can just tap the screen to wake it up. For users with older devices, and the Nexus 5 is one of these older ones, it's a different story. Your device will buzz and ring, or pop, when you receive a new notification but you have to use the power button to wake it up. Glimpse Notification is a free Android app that will wake your screen even if it's locked each time you get a notification. The app does not require root access. Read More

How To Choose Individual Files To Download From A Torrent

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Torrents have a really bad name and they are usually referred to alongside piracy. There's no doubt that some torrent sites do facilitate movie, software, and game piracy but that doesn't automatically make torrents evil. That said, say no to piracy. As I said, torrents aren't all bad and if you're looking for a particular file to download, one that you can only find bundled with significantly larger files, you're likely going to be in for a long wait while they all download. If you use uTorrent to download torrents though, you can selectively pick out which file it is you want to download from a large torrent file. Here's how. Read More

Manage Diabetes By Tracking Blood Sugar, Activity & Medication [iOS]

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Diabetes, whether it's type one or type two, needs to be managed. In most cases, people with the disease continue to live normal lives but a lot of it centers around monitoring your blood sugar and making sure it is in the normal range. Many people rely on small blood sugar monitors to keep track of sugar levels but most devices are basic with limited memory and recall features. One Drop is a free iOS app that lets you keep a record of your blood sugar, the mediciation you take, the foods you eat, and how much activity you have in a day. You can then view your history on a chart, see if you're in the danger zone, and even compare your health with others who have diabetes. Read More

Set Minimum Word Goals When You Write Short Stories Or Novels

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My job involves writing but it's also what I do when I want to relax and rarely do I have to worry about word count or if I've met a certain length in terms of words. Likewise, there isn't a strict word quota that I have to fill when I'm writing at my leisure. For blog posts, Wordpress has a great editor and for my own writing, MS Word does the trick. Writing tools are mostly aimed at professionals who need to create reports or at bloggers who need to connect to publishing platforms like Wordpress. Rarely will you find a tool that is meant for people who are writing books. Write is just that; it features a productivity tool that lets you set a minimum word target that you need to meet when you sit down to write. It is equipped with writing modes; Article, Short story, Narrative, Book, etc with a suggested word count that is acceptable for that kind of writing. It comes with support for headings, complete text formatting features, spell check, and the ability to Google words, look something up on Wikipedia, as well as a thesaurus. Read More

How To Search For And Install Apps On The Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch orders are in the process of being filled and for anyone who followed the development and the news following this new device, you know that it works with an iPhone and not without it. It is not meant to be a stand-alone product. The App Store for the Apple Watch has just gone live and lots of big name brands and apps have already made apps for it. Here's how you install an app on the Apple Watch. Read More

Select & Remove A Color From A Photo And Add Transparency

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If you're familiar with the Photoshop tool, you might know what the Wand tool does and how you can use it to quickly clean up an image. The lasso tool might be more suited to this purpose but it cleaning is a process that also has to do with how dense the image is in terms of objects and how much time and patience you have to sit through the process. Transparent Image Converter is a free Windows app that makes the process considerably easier; it lets you select a color in the image and removes it completely from the image. You can choose the threshold level and resize the image if you want. If you have an image with a white background, you can use the app to erase it and reduce its size. Read More

Automatically Play/Pause A YouTube Video When You Switch Tabs [Firefox]

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YouTube's play/pause keyboard shortcut doesn't work all that great. If you're wondering why you've never heard of said shortcut it's mostly because it doesn't work. You may have hit the shortcut multiple times and never realized it wasn't working. The shortcut is the space bar and nine out of ten times it will just scroll down on the page instead of pausing the video. With the shortcut rarely working, it's inconvenient to pause a video on YouTube before you switch to a different tab. What I normally do is hit the hard mute key on my keyboard to stop all sound if I need to mute it in a hurry. Smart Pause for YouTube is a Firefox extension that will automatically pause a YouTube video when you switch to a different tab, and automatically play it when you return to it. Read More

Skip Permissions & Allow Video Players On Any Website To Go Full Screen [Chrome]

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Media players embedded on websites all have a full screen button which expands the media player so that it fills up your entire screen. Each time you allow a media player to go full screen, you're basically allowing the website it's embedded on to go full screen. It can get annoying because most websites will use Vimeo, YouTube, or on the rare occasion DailyMotion to embed videos and these are all websites whose media players we have already allowed full screen access to. Just because the video is embedded on a different site, Chrome asks us to permit the website to go full screen even if the media player is that of YouTube. If the 'Allow Fullscreen' message bothers you, here's a simple way to turn it off. Read More

Turn Your To-Do List Into A Game And Level Up When You Get Things Done [iOS]

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Productivity apps are always going to be in demand and developers will always continue to look for ways to help us manage email better, remember things we're prone to forgetting, tackling tasks in the right order, etc. To-do lists and task managers lead in this category and they offer monetary rewards, coupons, calendar and email integration, and much more in a bid to motivate you to work. Quest is a To-do list managing app crossed with a game. You create lists, your tasks are individual 'quests' and as you complete each quest, you level up. The app is aimed at those who are likely to be motivated by a 'reward'. In this case, the reward comes in the form of levels that you clear. Read More

Open A Link Or New Chrome Tab From The iPhone Notification Center

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Ever since iOS 8 introduced widgets, I've been waiting for some of the more popular productivity oriented apps to do something impressive with it. The widgets have been slow in being developed and so far Launcher is the only one that you can call a 'must have'. Chrome is one of the latest apps to introduce a notification center widget and it's one of those things you didn't know you needed until you try it out. The widget lets you open a new tab, launch voice search, or open a URL copied to your clipboard. Read More

See Common Business Hours When Planning Meetings Across Time Zones

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Planning a meeting across two different time zones isn't easy; there is always the question of whether or not they have day-light savings and when it goes into effect. Then there's the whole are they ahead of us or behind in time. From my personal experience, even Outlook isn't that great at helping you schedule a meeting across multiple time zones. My Meeting Time is a helpful tool that lets you visualize the time difference between multiple time zones, see what common business hours exist between the two, and helps you plan a meeting that is convenient for everyone invited. Read More

Use Google To Locate Your Misplaced Android Phone

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Misplacing a phone is something we've all done. Some of us leave our phones at work, at home, at a restaurant, and then wonder where we might have lost it. Did we have it with us when we walked in and should we search the sofa before we announce a reward for anyone who has some information on the lost device. Google has made the search for our misplaced phones easier; it lets you Google where your phone is, and will even ring your device for you so you can locate it. You must have the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device for this to work. Read More

Look Up How Long You Can Store A Particular Food In Your Fridge

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Storing food seems like a simple enough thing we do everyday. For most people buying groceries for an entire week is normal. Some food like milk is bought more than once because you can't store it too long or too much of it, or can you? Milk itself is simple enough but when it comes to meat, vegetables, and other food types you might wonder how long it can be safely stored and consumed. USDA FoodKeeper is a free app available for both iOS and Android that works as a simple reference guide for how long you can store a particular food without risking your health. Read More

How To Restore A Deleted Thumbnail From The Chrome New Tab Page

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Chrome's New tab page features a speed dial; it has thumbnails of your frequently visited websites and you can click a thumbnail to instantly open the website. Based on your browsing history, you can save up to eight different websites like this. It is an exceptionally useful feature and most browsers have a speed dial functionality. For both Chrome and Firefox, extensions and add-ons exist that let you increase the number of website thumbnails that appear on the new tab page. Now imagine for a second you accidentally delete a thumbnail? Most of us would think that it will come back because we will continue to visit the website but that sadly is not the case in Chrome. Here's what to do when you accidentally delete a thumbnail from the New Tab page and want to get it back. Read More

How To Try Out YouTube’s Latest Transparent Player

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YouTube makes changes to its UI from time to time. At present, it has an experimental transparent player in the works. Some users might already be seeing it if they are part of the test group but if you aren't, there's a quick way to try it out. You will need to edit cookies stored by YouTube to your browser and edit the value of one particular cookie. This post shows you how to edit the cookie for Chrome and Firefox, and what value to set it. Read More