How To Use Apps In Messages In iOS 10

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Apple has opened access to the Messages app in iOS 10. This means developers can now create apps that integrate with the Messages app. Users will be able to send stylized text, browse web pages, and do a whole lot more from inside this app. It's also one of the apps that has received the most attention from Apple and there are so many new features to it that it's hard to keep track of how to use them all. If you're looking to get started with apps for Messages, here's a complete guide to downloading, using, and managing them. Read More

How To Set Up The Bedtime Alarm In iOS 10

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The Health and Clock apps in iOS 10 have both been updated with new features. The Health app can now analyze your sleep and it does so with the help of the Clock app. The Clock app has a new tab called Bedtime. Bedtime is a smart alarm that you set up to ensure you get a certain number of hours of sleep every day. Bedtime asks what time you routinely go to bed and how much sleep you want to get. It then tells you when to wake up, setting up its own separate alarm in the process. Since we're all in the habit of compulsively checking our phones, the app detects interruptions in your sleep every time you use your device inside your sleep hours. It knows when you're actively using the device i.e. awake, and when you use it between your sleeping spells. Here's how to set it up. Read More

Check Which iOS Device Is Compatible With The New AirPods

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Apple's September event has come and gone with the announcement of the new iPhone 7. The latest iPhone certainly has quite a few impressive features but people can't seem to stop talking about the Apple's other newest product; the AirPods. AirPods are being hailed as both an incredibly innovative and bold step to redefine technology, and as a completely idiotic move. The AirPods look pretty cool but are small and very easy to lose. People might actually prefer untangling their headphones over losing the new $159 pair of AirPods which have to be bought separately. During the keynote, the technology that went into developing this new accessory was also mentioned and that raises the question of compatibility. Which iOS devices can actually support the new AirPods? Read More

How To Enable Freeform Windows Mode In Android 7.0 [No Root]

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Android 7.0 has a hidden freeform mode that lets you arrange multiple app windows side-by-side or one-on-top-of-the-other on your screen. Much like you can have multiple windows open on your desktop, this freeform windows mode works similarly. It's best suited for tablets but any device running Android 7.0 can switch to it provided you know how to unlock it. Most unlocking methods involve rooting your device but there's a popular Android launcher app called Taskbar that lets you do it without root. Here's how to unlock freeform windows mode in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Select Which Toggles Appear In Quick Settings In Android 7.0

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Android 6.0 introduced helpful little tiles in the notifications panel that allowed users to access and toggle frequently used settings. Since the notifications panel can be accessed from inside any app, this makes those tiles very convenient to access. In Android 7.0, the same feature has been tweaked slightly so that you can access five of those tiles without having to drag the entire notifications panel down. Before, you had to open the panel all the way in order to access the tiles and it usually involved two swipe gestures; one to open the notifications panel and one to expand it. The quick settings are easier to access but there is only room for five tiles. Here's how you can change their order and have you preferred ones appear in quick settings. Read More

How To Disable The Taskbar Thumbnail Previews In Windows 10

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When you have multiple windows of an app open in Windows 10, you can get a small thumbnail preview of each one. To do so, simply position the mouse cursor over the app's taskbar icon. This is something we often do unconsciously without second thought. This works with all apps. You don't have to click the icon or anything. If you move your mouse cursor to one of the thumbnail previews, you can take a peak at the window in all its maximized glory. The feature is pretty neat and older versions of Windows easily let you turn it On or Off as per your need. The same cannot be said for Windows 10. You have no choice regarding the hover preview as it's always On. If you prefer to disable it, you have to make a change in the Windows Registry. The change will make it so that no thumbnail preview appears when you hover the mouse over the app icon. If you click the icon, however, you will get a thumbnail preview. Read More

How To Enable Paths Longer Than 260 Characters In Windows 10

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Windows has long had a limit on how long a path it can support when it comes to running processes or accessing files. That limit is 260 characters. Any path that is longer than 260 characters needs to be trimmed down to be accessible. this involve moving files and folders around to shorten the path. With Windows 10 build 1607 and above, the limitation has now been lifted. You have to make a small tweak in the windows registry or the group policy editor to remove the limitation since it isn't removed by default. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Get Night Shift On Android 7.0 [No Root]

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Earlier this year an awesome app named Flux was developed for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. The app tinted your screen a warmer color so that the bright blue or white of the screen didn't keep you awake longer than necessary. It's also pretty great for when you have to look at your screen in low light. The app was exceptionally popular, so much so, that the feature it added was made a part of iOS. Android hasn't quite caught up with the feature just yet even though early betas of Android N featured a dark mode that didn't make it to the final stable build. There is however a neat little app called Night Mode Enabler that is built for Android 7.0 to give you the night shift feature. It even adds a toggle to the notification panel so you can turn it On/Off quickly. It doesn't let you customize the tint color or its intensity. Read More

How To Add Multiple Input Languages In Android 7.0

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Android supports a long list of languages that you can set as your input language. Up until Android 6.0 you could only set one input language at a time. If you ever needed to switch to typing in a different language, you had to edit your system wide preferences from the Settings app. This was obviously time consuming and Android 7.0 rectifies that. You can now enable multiple input languages. The new multiple language support can be prioritized so that the language you type in most often is presented as the default one in the keyboard layout. The secondary language is one you can switch to from inside the keyboard. Here's how to enable multiple input languages in Android 7.0 and set their preferential order. Read More

How To Use Quick Reply In Android 7.0

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Not all messages you receive require well thought out lengthy replies. Often, the only reply you need to send in response to a message is a single word; Okay, Yes, Pizza. To have to stop what you're doing and switch to your preferred Messages app simply to send a one-worded response is both annoying and time consuming. At the very least, it interrupts your work flow. Android 7.0 has added a neat new quick reply feature that saves you the trouble of switching to your messages app to reply to a message. You can now pull down a new message notification and read and reply to a message from the notification panel. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use The Double Tap Shortcut To Go To The Previous App In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 has introduced a neat multi-tasking feature called split-view that lets users pin two apps side by side. Users can easily switch between using the two apps. Anyone with a large screen is bound to love the feature but that's not the only new multi-tasking feature that Android 7.0 has introduced. There's a new shortcut that lets users switch to the previous app they were using from anywhere. The shortcut can be used from the home screen, the Google Now screen, the app drawer, and from inside any app. Here's how it works.

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How To Enable Silent Notifications For An App In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 has made considerable feature and UI changes to notifications. The notifications in Android 7.0 are now grouped together by the app they are from. This has removed the long list of notifications that just filled the notifications panel up. A quick reply feature has been added so that users  can reply to messages and emails from a notification and priority levels have been introduced to keep unimportant notifications from interrupting you. Priority levels for notifications is an experimental feature and it appears to be working well. If you aren't too keen on using an experimental feature to manage notifications you can instead use silent notifications. Silent notifications are set on a per-app basis. A silent notification will make no sound, will not vibrate, and cannot be peaked into. Here's how to set an app to deliver silent notifications. Read More

How To Customize The Display Size In Android 7.0

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Large HD screens have become a feature that phones and tablets alike compete on. Users factor in the pixel density and the physical size of a screen when they buy a device. A larger screen means you can view more content on it and a better display means everything looks better. Of course sharper displays mean the app icons and the text appear much smaller. Android 7.0 comes with a display size customization feature that lets you zoom in on your display. The feature essentially enlarges text and app icons making them easier to navigate. Here's how to customize the display size in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Enable And Set Power Notification Control Levels For Apps In Android 7.0

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All notifications are not created equal and Android 7.0 lets you prioritize the visibility of a notification on a per-app basis. Power Notification Control is an experimental feature for now but you can easily enable it. Giving an app's notifications a lower or higher priority will determine how you receive notifications from the app. An app with very low priority levels will not show a notification in the status bar while an app with a high priority level will be able to show notifications even when Do not disturb is enabled or when you're using a different app in full screen mode. The point is to choose which apps can interrupt you when you're busy with certain tasks on your phone, and which ones can't. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Set A Different Wallpaper For The Lock Screen And Home Screen In Android 7.0

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For a long time now, Android has had a one-wallpaper-to-rule-them-all policy. This doesn't mean all Android users are forever stuck using the same wallpaper with no option to change it. Instead, it means the wallpaper you set for your home screen will also be set for your lock screen. On the surface of it, this looks like a pretty reasonable limitation. When you unlock your screen and transition to the home screen, the wallpaper not changing makes the transition look much smoother. If however, you want to set a different wallpaper for the home screen and the lock screen, you finally have the option to do so in Android 7.0. Here's how. Read More

How To Block All Calls And Messages From A Number In Android 7.0

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Call blocking is a feature that older feature phones, and many smart phones have long supported. Call blocking has come and gone in various Android versions in the past. With Android 7.0, it's made a comeback and it is easily smarter than anything else in the smartphone market. Call blocking in Android 7 works globally i.e. a blocked number cannot call or text you over the regular phone/messaging app and it will also block all calls and messages from a number over any and all messaging apps you have installed on your device. Here's how to block a number in Android 7.0. Read More

How To View Two Chrome Tabs Side By Side In Android 7.0

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Android 7 comes with a neat little split view that allows you to pin two apps side by side. The two apps that are pinned can be used simply by tapping them making multitasking on an Android device very easy. Tablet users might get more out of the feature since they have a larger screen to work with. The feature is awesome and Chrome is built to take even more advantage of it. You can pin any two Chrome tabs side by side and switch between them like they were two separate apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Skip The Egg Hatching Animation In Pokèmon Go

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The first egg you hatch in Pokèmon Go will be a truly exciting point in the game for you. It's a milestone that you hit pretty early on. The mystery as to which Pokèmon you will hatch is there as is the hope that you might hatch something rare, depending on the type of egg you're hatching. My first egg hatch was a Magikarp and it helped me adjust to the disappointment that can come with hatching eggs. It's annoying hatching an egg that gives you a useless Pokèmon but it's even more annoying when you're in the middle of catching a Pokèmon and the 'Oh?' screen comes up. Your egg might hatch but the Pokèmon you're trying to catch might get away. Here's how you can skip it if it pops up at an untimely moment. Read More

Create And Share Your Own Message Via The Stranger Things Letter Wall

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Stranger Things is a hit Netflix series that is just one season in and possibly one of the best modern sci-fi shows you can watch. We're not going to give away any spoilers for the show if you're still watching the first season so it's safe to continue reading. There's a pretty awesome scene in Stranger Things episode 3 where a wall is painted with letters and Christmas lights are strung atop of them. The lights and letters are used to spell out a message one letter at a time. It's pretty awesome and Netflix has released a little web app that lets you create your very own letter wall message to share as a GIF. Read More

How To Use Split View In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 comes with a pretty neat split view that lets you pin two apps side by side. Both apps remain active and you can switch between using the two. The split view works in both portrait and landscape mode. In portrait mode, the two apps you choose to pin appear stacked with one on top of the other. In landscape mode, they appear side by side as they would if you were on a desktop. One app acts as the default active app while the other is one in several active/recent apps that you can choose from. Here's how to use the split view in Android 7.0. Read More