How To Batch Rename Files & Folders In Windows Without Using Third Party Apps

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File renaming apps range from the simple to the complicated. They allow you to rename multiple files in one go based on a single or criteria or on a more complex one. You can select files based on the date they were created and their type. You can also set a renaming syntax for how the files should be renamed. If your file renaming needs are much more simple, i.e., you just want to rename all files in one folder to something more meaningful, you don't need a app. Windows has you covered with a fairly intelligent renaming logic built into the rename function. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add A Do Not Disturb Switch To The Volume Controls In Android 7

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Android has a do not disturb mode that you can enable to block out all unimportant alerts. The feature was introduced in Android 6 along with Quick Settings in the Notifications shade. This shade includes a toggle for enabling and disabling do not disturb. The shade can be accessed from any and all screens which means you can enable and disable do not disturb from any screen. If the shade isn't the easiest for you to access, Android 7 has an option to include a Do Not Disturb toggle in the volume controls. When you press either of the two physical volume keys on your device, a slider appears on your screen for managing the volume. As of Android 7, you can add a Do Not Disturb switch to this on-screen slider. Here's how. Read More

How To Switch Between Recent Apps Using The Touch Bar In macOS

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All Macbook Pro models from 2016 onward will come with the new Touch Bar. Regardless how you feel about it, the Touch Bar is the newest hardware improvement to Macbooks. To be fair, it's apps that will judge if the Touch Bar is useful or not. Developers aren't shying away from developing apps for the Touch Bar and TouchSwitch is a pretty awesome attempt at just that. It lets you switch between recent apps from the Touch Bar so that you do not need to use the Command + Tab keyboard shortcut. Read More

How To Copy & Paste Layers Between PSD Files via Keyboard Shortcuts

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You can copy layers between PSD files by dragging & dropping them. To do so, you must drag a layer from one file to the other. It isn't the smoothest or the most convenient way to copy layers. Photoshop has a tabbed interface and you can separate one file from the rest. This makes it much easier to drag & drop layers or groups but it still isn't the same as a simple copy/paste function. The copy/paste function in Photoshop doesn't work for entire layers. Instead, you can copy the contents of a layer from one file to the other. Copio is a set of simple scripts that allow you to copy/paste layers between PSD files via keyboard shortcuts. These scripts work only in Photoshop CC and not in Photoshop CS. Read More

How To Send Disappearing Photos And Videos In Instagram

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There's no pretending Instagram isn't taking feature hints from Snapchat. The ripoff is blatant and likely to continue until one app buys the other out. The latest feature that Instagram has copied from Snapchat is disappearing photos and videos. You can send an auto-expiring photo or a video to an Instagram account that you follow and that follows you back. The account will be able to view it once and never again. You can add text and draw over an image before sending it. Read More

How To Take Screenshots Of A Video

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Desktop operating systems come with built-in screenshot tools. Windows 10 has a basic screenshot tool whereas macOS has a better, more advanced one. What both have in common is that they are meant for capturing a still screen. You can use them to capture a moving screen e.g. a GIF or a video that is playing but the results may not be that great. If you often need to take a screenshot in a video, it best to use a dedicated tool for it. Here are two free apps that do the trick. Read More

How To Visually Show Key Strokes And Mouse Clicks In Windows

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When recording screencasts, we can enable visual cues for mouse clicks. These cues make it easier for anyone watching the screencast to follow it. For most apps, even those built for recording a screencast, these visual cues only work with the mouse. Key strokes are rarely accompanied by a cue to show which key was pressed. Many video makers have to add key strokes in post-production which can be cumbersome and time consuming. ShowOff is a small Windows app that adds a floating box to your screen. All key strokes and mouse clicks you make appear in the box. Read More

How To Create A Snapchat Spectacles Video Without Spectacles

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Snapchat has released a product called 'Spectacles'. You can buy these spectacles from special vending machines for $130. They're basically camera glasses that you can't buy from any place other than the vending machines. If you don't have the money to spend on Snapchat's new little toy, or you can't find a vending machine near you, you're going to have to do with a work around. SnapView is a web app that takes any video formats it exactly like a Spectacles video. You can then share it with your friends on Snapchat. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Scan & Digitize Your Old Photographs With Your Phone

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Digital cameras, when they fist appeared on shelves, were expensive. It took a while for them to get cheaper and for phones on cameras to get better. Most people continued to use standard film cameras for capturing the special events in their lives. The photos were developed and either stored in bulky albums or put away in shoe boxes. Digital cameras and smartphones have made point and shoot cameras obsolete but they didn't get rid of our old photographs. Those, at the time expensive to develop memories, were printed on a standard 4x6 photographic sheet and they live in our small storage spaces. You can scan them to preserve a digital copy but that is quite a time consuming task. Google has just released a new app called PhotoScan that lets you use your phone to scan and digitize your old photographs. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use QR Codes For Twitter Accounts

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Twitter has rolled out QR codes because, why not? Facebook's Messenger app has them. The Twitter QR codes allow you to scan a code and automatically start following the account it belongs to. Likewise you can get a QR code for your Twitter profile and share it wherever you want. QR codes are available for all types of accounts i.e. verified and unverified. Since it impractical to scan or share a QR code from Twitter's web interface, they cannot be accessed from it. A QR code can only be copied and shared from Twitter's official mobile apps. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Take A Screenshot Of The Touch Bar On A Macbook Pro

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Screenshots have long been a standard feature on Apple's devices. Both iOS device and Macs have the ability to take a screenshot of your display. Macs, being a desktop system, have far richer options for taking screenshots and the quality is exceptional. In stark contrast, Windows has always lagged behind in this regard. Even now, with Windows 10, users can only take a full screen screenshot. Apple's latest line of Macbook Pros, all 2016 and above models, come with a Touch Bar. It's a touch display that shows you different buttons based on the current app you're working with. Apple has duly included a way to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar. Here's how. Read More

How To Tell If A YouTube Video Has Closed Captioning From Its Thumbnail

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YouTube lets you upload subtitles for your video. On YouTube, subtitles are referred to as closed captioning. Every video you visit has a little 'cc' button next to the quality selection gear button. It's there regardless if the uploader has added subtitles. It's because YouTube tries to provide subtitles. It's an understatement to say that YouTube's subtitles aren't accurate. The good thing is, YouTube lets you know if a video has subtitles provided by the uploader or not, right from the thumbnail. You just have to know what to look for. Read More

How To Find Your Nearest Coffee Shop [iOS]

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There is no need to explain how important coffee is. Most people run it, or on the slightly milder version of it i.e., tea. For anyone who needs a cup, or three, of coffee to start the day, there is a system in place for getting it. The average person knows all the coffee shops near them, and on their way to work. That said, when you're visiting a new place, you need to be able to find coffee easily or the world will perish. Coffee NSEW is a free iOS app that points you to the nearest coffee shop. Read More

How To Mute A Twitter Conversation

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Twitter introduced a feature to mute accounts that you follow quite a while ago. The feature blocks tweets from the account in question but allows you to continue following it. Twitter has introduced a new feature now; muted conversations. You can now mute entire conversations that take place in reply to a particular Tweet. It's incredibly useful for when you get caught in a Twitter argument that you aren't really that vested in. The mute function works for Twitter threads and not for hashtags. Read More

How To Restart Chrome

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Browsers don't need to be restarted often. Chrome can be left to run for hours, or just left idle and it will not hang to the point where you need to restart it. Practically, there is only one case where restarting Chrome is needed; when you enable or disable a flag. Any changes made to the state of a Chrome flag requires you restart the browser for the changes to take effect. There is a 'Relaunch' button duly provided on the Flags page to do just that. Chrome doesn't make it difficult to restart the browser in this case and it restarts with your previous session intact. If you ever need to restart Chrome for any reason though, the browser has you covered. Read More

How To Manage Playback Quality Over Cellular And WiFi Networks For The TV App In iOS 10

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A dedicated TV app is coming to iOS. It has already debuted in the iOS 10.2 beta that is available for developers and users part of the public beta. The app lets you download content to watch,  and sync your library to your Apple TV. It also looks like the app will function even if you don't have an Apple TV. The TV app can download/stream content over both WiFi and cellular networks. You have the option to prevent it from downloading content over a cellular network and choose what quality it downloads the content in. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Lyrics In A Floating Window For The Current Spotify Track

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Spotify for macOS and Windows used to support lyrics. It had to remove lyrics from the app when their partnership with Musixmatch came to an end. It's lyrics came from the service and with the contract ended, support for lyrics has yet to return. The app instead suggests you just hum the song. If you're unhappy about it, Lyricfier is an app that you will want to check out. It's available for macOS, Windows, and even Linux. It shows you lyrics to the track currently playing in Spotify and lets you pin the lyrics window to the top. Read More

How To Enable LED Flash Alerts Only When Your iPhone Is Silent

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The iPhone doesn't have a dedicated LED notification light. iOS on the other hand has long supported LED alerts for new notifications. When enabled, your iPhone uses the camera's flash to send the LED alerts. It flashes whenever there is a new notification. It goes without saying that the camera flash is far more power hungry than any LED light on an Android phone will ever be. It is never a good idea as far as battery life is concerned to enable the LED alerts. As of iOS 10 though, there is a new option for enabling LED alerts. You can enable them for all new notifications, or you can enable them only when your iPhone is in silent mode. Here's how. Read More

How To Add A TV Provider Account In iOS 10

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Apple has steadily been releasing iOS 10.2 betas to both developers and the public. One of the major new features coming to iPhones with iOS 10.2 is the TV app. Apple has been working to improve Apple TV and there is now a companion app for it on the iPhone. The app doesn't do much just now. It has a store of its own for downloading content, and it can manager your library. Most of it isn't functional. The TV app also has a setting preference of its own in the Settings app however, iOS 10.2 also has a brand new setting for adding TV providers that will work with the TV app. Here's how you can add a TV provider in iOS 10.2 Read More

How To Listen To Podcasts And Watch YouTube Videos In VLC

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VLC player is the go-to media player for just about everything for three reasons; it's awesome, it supports almost every media format there is, and it's open source. VLC player has richest set of features for video playback. Default media players on both macOS and Windows do not come close. It is only as of Windows 10 that support for subtitles has improved in the Videos app though there are no options for adjusting them during playback. VLC does more than just play your movies for you. It can also play podcasts and YouTube videos. The trick is to know how since it doesn't have a menu label to that effect. Read More