What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

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At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More

How To Change The Bash Console Background Opacity In Windows 10

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When you first install Ubuntu and run Bash on Windows 10, the console window has a solid black background with white text. You can change the color of both the background and the text in much the same way you can with Command Prompt i.e., right-click the title bar and select Properties. Go to the Colors tab and you will be able to select a different color for the background and the text. There's one other trick you can do with the background; reduce its opacity. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Custom DPI Scaling Level In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a serious DPI scaling issue and it hasn't gotten better. The November 2015 Windows 10 update made no improvements at all to it and many people struggle trying to read text with scaling enabled and/or disabled. When the feature doesn't work right for your display the best you're looking at is few apps with a blurred text problem. The worst you're looking at is system wide blurred text and there is little you can do to fix it. For some, the problem might resolve itself if they were able to freely set the scaling level. At present, the display settings only let you set the scale to 100%, 125%, 150%, and 175%. If you think there's a scaling level that resides between the preset levels that will look much better for your screen, here's how to set it. Read More

How To Find The Direct Download Link To Any File

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When you download an app, whether it's VLC player or iTunes you don't get a direct link to where the file is actually stored. You will in most cases see a Download button that you click and the file is then fetched from it's location so that it can be downloaded. In some cases if you visit your browser's download manager you will be able to get a direct link to a file. If however you want to make this infinitely easier give FileChef a try. It's a very simple web app that sends a search query to Google using search parameters to find the direct download link of a file. Read More

Capture Live & Still Photos From A Video With The Windows 10 Photos App

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Microsoft has updated the Photos app and added quite a few features with the update. Most of the more noteworthy features allow you to edit photos that have been taken from a Windows phone, one running Windows 10 but there's a pretty neat new feature that lets you save a photo still from a video. It lets you review a movie frame by frame and save the one you need. The quality of the photo is as good as the quality of the movie. The photos are in JPEG format but they are live photos. When you open them in the Photos app they will play. When you open them in a normal photo viewer they will be still images. Read More

How To Remove The Item Check Box In Windows 10

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When you hover the mouse cursor over an item in Windows 10, whether it's an icon on your desktop or a file you're looking at inside File Explorer you see a check box appear over it. Clicking the item once selects it and a check mark appears inside the check box to indicate the same. The icon is also highlighted like it used to be in Windows 7 to indicate a selected icon. Windows 10 basically has two different ways to indicate a selected item. If you find the check boxes are redundant or confusing you can disable them. Here's how. Read More

How To Selectively Sync Folders With Google Drive

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Google Drive is perhaps one of the strongest Dropbox competitors in the market right now. Being a Google product the app and its web version are just a bigger team for Dropbox to contend with. Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides are built to save documents to it. Given everything Google Drive has going for it, it might surprise you that up until a few days ago it lacked a very essential feature that Dropbox has had for ages; selective folder syncing. The feature basically lets you pick and choose which folders to sync to your desktop. As of a recent update, you can now select which folders are synced to your desktop when you first install the Google Drive app or you can select them later on. Here's how to do both. Read More

How To Save Links To Your Google Account Instead Of To Facebook

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Facebook recently expanded its Saved feature with a bookmarklet. The bookmarklet when added to your browser's bookmarks bar allowed you to click it and save the current tab to your Facebook account. The 'Save' feature is thus no longer limited to the links you see on Facebook. Not to be outdone by a more popular social network, Google introduced a similar feature that can be used via its new Chrome extension called Save to Google. In essence, the extension does exactly what the Facebook bookmarklet does except that it saves links to your Google Account. It doesn't sort them into categories but you can add tags to a link when saving them or after you've saved them. Read More

How To Tell Which User Installed Or Removed An App In Windows

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Windows logs just about every event that happens when someone is using it. The log isn't of much interest to the average user but for anyone troubleshooting an app or having trouble running a process, it's very useful. If you ever need to find out which user has installed or uninstalled an app on Windows the e event log is what you turn to. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Access Saved Passwords In Chrome From Anywhere

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Chrome comes with a built-in password manager that can save both the username and password of any website you log into if you allow it. The password manager doesn't offer any advanced security features and most people prefer using services like Lastpass when they decide to save passwords. There's also the small matter of how, if anyone has access to Chrome on your desktop, they can simply look at the passwords saved to it. If you do use the password manager and trust it with your login credentials then it's a good idea to enable password syncing when you sign in to your Google Account in Chrome. This allows you to view the passwords saved to Chrome from any device or any other system. Here's how. Read More

Ten Best Features Coming To Windows 10 With The Anniversary Update

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The Windows 10 Anniversary update is going to bring some big features to the desktop operating system. Some of the more noteworthy features mentioned at Build 2016 included some serious improvements to inking and speech recognition, fingerprint and Windows Hello authentication for apps, and new emoji among others. There are of course other features both big and small that are going to be part of this update. Here are the ten most awesome ones to look forward to. Read More

How To Set Priority Levels For App Notifications In Windows 10

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Action Center in Windows 10 has a very different look. For one it makes reviewing notifications much easier and interacting with an app is through notifications is far more efficient. Action Center itself isn't a new Windows feature and as such doesn't have an infancy stage to go through. It came equipped with all the right features in July 2015 and Microsoft is still working to improve it. In Preview build 14316 there's a new feature that lets you set the priority an app's notifications have in the Action Center. Apps with a higher priority appear higher in the Action Center. Here's how to set app notification priority in Windows 10. Read More

How To Pin An App Window To All Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

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The virtual desktops in Windows 10 is a highlight feature of the OS but it doesn't exactly blow away the competition. It's a feature that's been implemented as basically as possible. The good thing is that since it's Windows, a developer will eventually come along and make something that supplements its features and makes it amazing. Microsoft isn't done with the feature though; the Anniversary Update that should come out this summer is going to be making some improvements to Virtual Desktops. In build 14316 one of the many new features up for testing is a pin app to desktop feature that allows you to pin an app window to all virtual desktops. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Check Which Apps Consume The Most Battery In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a battery saver feature which will reduce background app activity, among other things, when it is enabled. The feature is meant for both Surface tablets and Windows 10 laptops and allows you to conserve the battery charge. You can set it to turn on automatically when your battery charge drops to a certain percentage. The battery saver mode disables all background activity for apps by default but it does let you add exceptions. When adding exceptions it's a good idea to know how much battery an app consumes before you allow it to run in the background. Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool to check battery usage on a per-app basis. Here's where you can find it. Read More

Use One Gmail Email To Create Multiple Accounts On Any Website

Facebook limits a user to one profile per email but it gives you freedom to have as many pages you want. A Facebook page doesn't require the setting up of a separate profile but the same can't be said for Twitter or Instagram. Both networks allow one account per email. If you ever need to create a second Twitter or Instagram account you will need to use an email address that isn't already associated with an account on these sites unless you use Gmail. If you use Gmail then you can use the same email to create multiple accounts on social networking sites or other web service. Here's how. Read More

Increase The Start Menu & Taskbar Transparency In Windows 10

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Windows 10 allows you to toggle the transparency of the Start Menu, the Taskbar, and the Action Center. The transparency of these three UI elements is tied to one switch in the Settings app. To manage transparency, go to Personalization>Colors in the Settings app and turn it On/Off. The setting doesn't allow users to selectively apply transparency to one element while leaving the other a solid color nor does it let you select how transparent the Start Menu should be. You can still make the Start Menu and the taskbar considerably more transparent than it is by default by tweaking a registry key. Here's how. Read More

Save An Image From Google Image Search Results To Your Google Account

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Google Photos on Android has been update. The update now allows users to selectively sync photos from their device to Google Photos as opposed to having them all sync to it. It's also made a small but very useful update to Google Image search. If you are signed into your Google account when you search for images, you can save an image from the results to your Google account. A Save button now appears next to the 'View Image' button when you preview an image result. It doesn't seem to work just yet on local Google Image versions but is working on Google.com. Read More

How To Add Any URL To Your Facebook Saved Items List

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Two years ago Facebook introduced a 'Save' feature that allowed users to bookmark or save for later content they found on the network. It let you save links, images, books, movies, pages, and music and mimicked Pocket to a great extent. It was however limited to only saving content shared on Facebook. If you found a link outside Facebook, you couldn't add it to your list of Saved items. That's changed as of two days ago; Facebook has released a bookmarklet that you can add to your bookmarks bar and use it to send any link on the web to your Facebook 'Saved' list. Read More

How To Send Dropbox Files From Facebook Messenger

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Dropbox can sync your files to multiple desktops, tablets, and of course your smartphone. The Dropbox app for both iOS and Android is pretty awesome; you can view some of the more common file types in it, upload files, create folders, and manage your files. As of a recent update, the Dropbox app has made file sharing even easier by integrating itself with the Facebook Messenger app. Where normally you would find options for stickers, emojis, and GIFs to send over Messenger, you will now also find Drobox listed as an option to send files. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Customize & Remove The Title Bar Background In MS Office 2016

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MS Office 2016 doesn't have a long list of awesome new features. The new additions made to Office 2016 are few and they aren't for everyone. Moreover not all new features are functional in nature. MS Office 2016 has made an effort to make the UI better looking. It comes with a dark and light theme now, and it's added a background design to the title bar. The design by default shows clouds but you can change it or remove it altogether if you like. Here's how. Read More