How To Send Secret Self-Destructing Messages On Viber

Viber has just introduced secret, self destructing messages. It is the latest app to take hint from Snapchat and make chats more private. Facebook Messenger introduced a secret chat feature just last year and Viber has caught up. The new feature lets you send secret self destructing messages on Viber to any of your contacts if they're running the right version of the app. A secret message thread is separate from a normal chat thread. Users get an alert when anyone takes a screenshot of the conversation. Messages have an expiry date. Each person in the conversation can set a different expiration period for their messages. A message can expire within seconds, after a few hours, or in a week. Here's how you can send secret self-destructing messages on Viber. Read More

How To Add Links To The Reading List In Chrome [iOS]

Pocket was the first app that made Read It Later popular. There has always been a read it later feature in browsers, except it's called bookmarks. Read it later is a more sophisticated version of bookmarks. You can save links you intend to read later to a list of links. These links can be grouped, and marked as read or unread. Google has introduced a reading list feature in Chrome for iOS. You can add links to the reading list in Chrome from inside the browser or any other app. This means links from Safari or from the Twitter app can be sent to Chrome's reading list. The feature works though an iOS extension so you must be running iOS 8 or above to use it. Here's how you can add links to the reading list in Chrome. Read More

15 New Features In The Creators Update For Windows 10

Windows 10 is about to get its third major update since its launch. The Creator's Update will roll out to users in April 2017. The previous two major updates for Windows 10 came in November 2015 and August 2016. The November update focused on fixing the bugs in Windows 10. The August update signaled the end of the free Windows 10 upgrade and introduced new features. The Creator's Update is going to be good. Microsoft has been actively seeking feedback from users and it's been listening. A lot of gripes that users had with Windows 10 will be resolved with this update. Here are 15 new features coming to Windows 10 with the Creators Update. Read More

How To Change The Language For Chrome Translate

Chrome has a built-in translation feature. When you visit a webpage that isn't in your default language, Chrome offers to translate it. The translation option is accessible from the Omnibar. You can dismiss it if you don't need a translation or you can click it any time you need it. The option only appears if the site you're visiting isn't in your default language. As useful as Chrome translate is, it doesn't support multiple languages. It will translate text from one language to the default language. Users can change the language that Chrome translates to on the fly. You can change the language for Chrome translate from the translation prompt or from the language settings in Chrome. Here's how. Read More

Is Splashtop A Viable Alternative For Microsoft Remote Desktop?

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There are numerous screen sharing apps out there. Some let you view your screen, or parts of your screen from a remote location/connection. Even the native Microsoft Remote Desktop app enables you to interact with your Windows PC remotely. It's hardly the first or last app that offers remote access and control. Splashtop is an app that lets you interact with your PC from your Android or iOS device in as few as two steps. It is a fairly popular app for remotely accessing your desktop. Of course, like other remote access apps, it has to compete with Microsoft's Remote Desktop solution which is free. Splashtop is free if you're an end user with an Android phone. iOS users have to buy the app for $9.99. The question is, is Splashtop better than Microsoft Remote Desktop and is there any reason to opt for the app? Let's take a look at how Splashtop compares to Microsoft Remote Desktop. Read More

How To Add A Password To An Existing Archive

You can password protect an archive or zipped file. WinRAR, the go-to compression app for Windows users supports password protection. You can add a password to an archive when you create it. When you extract the archive, you will have to enter the password before you can get to the files inside. If you want to add a password to an existing WinRAR archive, you might think it's impossible. The obvious way to add a password to an existing archive is extract and compress it again. You can add the password when you compress it. There is however a much easier way to add a password to an existing archive using WinRAR. You don't need to extract it or anything. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Manually Add Album Art In iTunes

iTunes is very good at organizing your music. The only catch is you have to have bought your music from iTunes. If you buy music from anywhere other than iTunes, it might not be organized as well. Album art might be missing, meta data might not be there, and your albums could be messed up. Normally, iTunes finds and adds album art when it's missing. Provided you bought music legally, iTunes will keep it organized. Despite that, there are still misses. iTunes can still fail to find album art or add it to a track. These cases will of course be few but you can work around it. You can manually add album art in iTunes. If you don't like the album art iTunes has added to a track, you can even change it. Here's how. Read More

The 5 Best Android Emulators Ranked

Android emulators are a good way to test apps while they are in development. Once people realized they could use these environments to play android games on a PC/Mac, they became a craze, of sorts. Some emulators can only run apps, while others can emulate the entire operating system. We are going to run down the most popular Android emulators and see which one qualifies as the best. For the purposes of this analysis, we are pitting the 5 most popular Android emulators against each other. There are hundreds of emulators out there, below is a list from the best of the bunch. Read More

How To Disable Touch Input On Your Android Phone [No-root]

Touch screens have changed the way we interact with phones. They're easier to use and a physical keyboard or a number pad is no longer a necessity which means larger screens. A touch screen is great until you accidentally tap it at the wrong time. This can be during a Skype meeting or when you're recording a video. An accidental tap can exit an app or end a call. Given how responsive touch screens are, the consequence of an accidental touch will be immediate. Touch Lock is an Android app that can disable touch input on your Android phone. It can also disable key presses on actual physical keys. It does not require a rooted device. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Create A Custom Canvas Preset In Photoshop

You can create custom canvases in Photoshop. Photoshop CC 2017 comes with a few presets for mobile, web, and printing jobs. A preset is a canvas that is the correct size for the project you're working on. A preset has a pre-determined resolution, background color, orientation, and more. It saves you time spent on setting up a canvas for the work you intend to do. Photoshop cc 2017 will show you recent canvas configurations you've used in the new document window. It won't save all your recent canvas configurations though. The best way to save a custom canvas is to create a custom canvas preset in Photoshop. The preset will never be lost. You can name it whatever you want, and get right down to work. Here's how you can create a custom canvas preset in Photoshop CC 2017. Read More

How To Turn Off Predictive Emoji In iOS 10

iOS 10 made substantial, battery draining, changes to the Messages app. The app was initially simple and built for no nonsense messaging. Now it has everything from stickers to confetti. The features added to the Messages app help it rival other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp. They also take away from its simple interface. One very hyped feature added to Messages was predictive emoji. As you type, Messages suggests emoji that you can insert based on the previous word you typed. This isn't just a Messages app feature. It's an improvement to the Keyboard functionality in iOS 10. It is annoying. It's fine to use when you're texting but not when you're typing a note or in a Skype meeting. The emoji takes up space and it can be construed as unprofessional. Here's how you can turn off predictive emoji in iOS 10. Read More

Fix The App List Not Appearing In The Settings App In iOS 10

A general criticism against Apple and iOS is that it is no longer innovative. The features introduced in Apple's desktop and mobile operating systems aren't impressive. The hardware additions made to its desktop and mobile line-up are geared towards selling more products. You either agree or disagree with this assessment but one thing is hard to deny; iOS has become quite buggy these past few years. It isn't just bugs. At times, the features introduced by Apple aren't very well thought out e.g., disabling Siri Home button access. A new odd little bug plaguing iOS 10 devices is the app list not appearing in the Settings app. The Settings app loads as far as the social media group of apps and stops. Here's how you can fix the app list not appearing in the Settings app in iOS 10 and above. Read More

How To Sync Your Wallpaper Across Desktops On Windows 10

A custom wallpaper is the most basic bit of personalization users do. You can customize wallpapers on just about all devices and operating systems. Windows is no different. The ability to change wallpapers has been a part of Windows from the very start. There is a dedicated Settings tab for changing the desktop wallpaper in Windows 10. If you right-click an image in File Explorer, the context menu has an option to set it as the wallpaper. This option has been there since Windows 7, possibly even Windows Vista. Windows 10 is no different and it comes with an improvement; wallpaper sync. If you own more than one Windows 10 PC, you can sync your wallpaper across desktops. Here's how. Read More

How To Control The Caret Cursor With Volume Buttons [Android]

Twenty years ago, it was hard to imagine a better way to type than with a physical keyboard. At the time, it was hard to imagine typing on a small device could be possible or easy. Technology has proven this to be otherwise. People type on phones of all sizes and there are no physical keyboards involved. Touch screens have improved exponentially in quality.  Mobile operating systems likewise have adjusted for typing on a small screen. On Android, a cursor is only present when you're typing text. To control where the caret cursor is active, you tap and hold on text. A small handle attached to the cursor appears and lets you select where you drop the caret. Cursor Control is an Android app that lets you control the caret cursor with volume buttons. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Block Shut Down And Restart On Windows 10

Windows 10 has an update problem; it releases problematic updates and there is no way to opt-out of them. The only thing users can do is defer installing an update. The second Windows 10 sees its chance, it will install the update and restart your system in the process. Likewise, some Windows apps restart your system to finish installing. Some of these apps will let you choose when you restart your system, others will not. The point is, your system can shut down or restart with or without your approval. When it happens without your approval it is annoying to say the least. Lost work is often a casualty of a random shut down or restart. ShutdownBlocker is free app that can block shut down and restart on Windows. It doesn't matter if the shut down or restart is initiated by Windows or an app. This app will block it. Read More

What Is The Microsoft – WPD – 2/22/2016 Update On Windows 10?

Windows 10 users are seeing a new update in the Settings app. This update, while from Microsoft, is slightly alarming because of its name. The update is called Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - 5.2.5326.4762. The name, specifically the date and time appended to the name, is what is worrying users. The update is dated to February 2016 which was well over a year ago. If you're wondering what the Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 update is, we've got answers. Also, it's safe to install it. This update has to do with portable devices and there isn't anything to worry about. Update: Microsoft has pulled this update and said it is problematic. If you're one of the few who didn't have trouble with it, count your lucky stars. If you are unable to connect an Android phone to your Windows PC, look inside for the solution. Read More

12 Steps To Building Your Own Gaming PC

Gaming first went mainstream with the rising popularity of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Then it was the Sega Mega Drive, later PC, PS2, Xbox 360, and back to PC. Circling back to a PC is inevitable because consoles have always had a shelf life. Graphics, however, continue to evolve. PC is the only platform capable of keeping up with that level of evolution. If you are new to gaming and want to know what it takes to build your own gaming PC (also known as a gaming rig), here is a walkthrough of all you need to know. Read More

How To Get Google Assistant On Your Android Phone

Personal assistants are an increasingly popular feature on smartphones. Siri was the first personal, voice activated, assistant introduced on a smartphone. Since then, smartphones and desktops alike have updated to include a personal assistant feature. macOS has Siri and Windows has Cortana. It's now a matter of which personal assistant is better. Android has its own personal assistant that is slowly catching up to Siri's capabilities. Android started out with 'Ok Google' a voice activated feature that could tell you the weather and traffic conditions. Google has since developed Google Assistant, a more refined personal assistant for Android. Google Assistant was originally available on Pixel phones and Nexus devices. It is now available for any Android device running Android Nougat or Android Marshmallow. Here's how you can get Google Assistant on your phone. Read More

How To Store Or Remove Your Apple ID Password For Free Purchases [macOS]

The Mac App Store and the iTunes App Store both ask for your password when you download an app. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID password regardless if you're buying an app or downloading a free one. This is done in part to prevent unauthorized purchases. It's also a good deterrent for when the kids go wild on the App Store. The only problem is that it can get annoying. If you don't want to enter your password for free app downloads, you can save it. Likewise, if you're regretting this decision, you can remove your Apple ID password for free purchases. Here's how you can store or remove your Apple ID password for free purchases in macOS. Read More

How To Clear The Twitter App Cache In iOS

Twitter has just introduced a new feature in its iOS app; clear cache. A cache is something we normally associate with web browsers or at times with our desktop OS. Not many users think of smartphone apps when they hear the word 'cache' but apps do have a cache. Like the cache in a web browser, apps too store content and on iOS this content can take up considerable space. The problem with iOS is that there is no simple way to clear the cache for an app. Users are stuck with a bloated app if the app itself doesn't have a clear cache option. Here's how you can clear the Twitter app cache in iOS. Read More