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

Fused Lets You Blend Two Photos Or Videos Into One Amazing Image [iOS]

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Filters, and frames are getting boring. There are about a thousand or so apps that let you apply either or both to your photos and there will probably be a thousand more in the years to come. Fused is a nice new app that lets you do something more original with you photos and it's free. Fused lets you merge two photos or videos, or a video and a photo into one, and create a stunning single photo. It comes with a great masking tool and lots of blend options that help you use one photo as a background, and overlay a second one over it to create something truly original. Read More

ChooseMyPC Helps You Find Parts To Build Your Budget PC

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Tablets and laptops are exceptionally powerful today right off the shelf. PCs aren't exactly a dying breed but there isn't much contrast between a laptop and a PC in terms of power. That doesn't mean PCs are going the way of the dinosaurs. Avid gamers often build powerful PCs themselves with special attention to comfort, layout, heating, cooling, and ventilation. Now if you're interested in building a PC but have no idea what to buy and are on a budget, ChooseMyPC is an excellent place to start. It's a very simple app that asks you to set your budget, select which country you're in (only four supported at the moment), and whether or not you plan to overclock your system. The app will give you a complete list of parts to buy and you can add other parts to the PC such as an optical drive. The list of parts updates but keeps you under or on budget. Read More

3 Subtle Changes Google Made To Chrome In Recent Updates

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We don't cover Google Chrome updates and new versions as regularly as we do for Firefox. Possibly because version numbers are far less relevant with Chrome. But every once in a while you do get a change and I'm just going with this quote from X-Men here to explain it best; "This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward". Chrome is known for its very minimal interface and just how perfectly executed it is. Firefox, after numerous updates has finally caught up but open a Firefox window and hit the Alt key, all those old menus return for a few seconds. With Chrome, the interface is so minimal that changes are hard to make, and even harder to spot. That said, here are three changes that were made to Chrome over the past few updates. Read More

Force Windows Apps To Open As Maximized

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One of my favorite Windows features  is window management. Specifically, the Snap feature is what I love. Windows 10 has improved it significantly for anyone working with a large monitor. Modern apps can also run full screen on the desktop. The snap feature is so popular that it causes envy among OS X users though they might not admit it. Apart from this very obvious and very awesome way to manage windows, the OS  offers a few obscure settings to manage windows better. If you''re looking for a way to always open an app with a fully maximized window, while wanting to make other selective apps open as normal sized and/or minimized windows, there is a simple trick to it that lets you do just that. Read More

PhotoMath: Solve Linear Equations And Fractions Using Your Camera [iOS]

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Simple arithmetic is easy enough; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and division. You can do it on a basic calculator. Add brackets to the mix and you have to remember which order to solve them in. It's still do-able with an ordinary calculator. Now think linear equations in one unknown variable or fractions. If you haven't done a lot of maths recently, you are probably going to be choppy at some of this. PhotoMath Solve is a free iOS app that I could've benefited from in my school years. It's an app that solves maths problems simply by scanning them with your camera and it shows you the individual steps that led to that solution. The app isn't exactly going to help you ace an advanced degree in Mathematics but if you have children who get Maths homework, the app can be a useful in helping them learn. At present, the app can only scan problems that have been printed and not hand written. It can solve basic arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, linear equations in one unknown variable, and some logarithmic functions. Read More