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

How To Disable Comments On An Instagram Post

Photos make up a large part of the media shared on social networks. People share photos so much, that apps like Instagram and Snapchat exist. These apps rely on people wanting to share photos incessantly. Judging by the success they've had, it's safe to say they knew what they were counting on. Of course where photos are shared, there also exists a way for friends to comment on them. Facebook has highly customizable options for controlling who can see and comment on the photos you share. Instagram does not. Your only privacy option on Instagram is make your account private. You cannot selectively make some photos private and others public. If you find inappropriate comments being left on a photo, you can turn commenting Off. Here's how you can disable comments on an Instagram Post. Read More

How To Download The Official Windows 10 ISO From Microsoft

Microsoft distributed Windows 10 through a special media creation tool. The new OS was free to existing Windows 7 and 8 users for one year. The media creation tool downloads the required files needed to install Windows 10. Users have the choice to use it to update their current system or create an installation disk. The media creation tool takes care of everything but it doesn't give you an ISO file for Windows 10. There is no simple forward way to download the official Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. There is however, a slightly complicated way to download the official Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Create And Import A Bitmoji Avatar In Snapchat

Snapchat acquired Bitmoji a while back. Bitmoji lets you create highly customizable avatars for you social media profiles. Snapchat integrated Bitmoji inside the app. It lets users add their avatars to snaps and send them as stickers. Before you can start using your Bitmoji avatar, you need to create and import a Bitmoji avatar in Snapchat. To create and import a Bitmoji avatar in Snapchat, you must have the Bitmoji app and the Snapchat app installed on your phone. Here's what you have to do. Read More

How To Delete Your Snapchat Account

Snapchat is currently ranked among the most popular social media apps. The company just went public though its IPO was underwhelming. This is of course no indication of the app's popularity. Snapchat is a force to reckon with for other social media apps; it's original and Facebook copies a feature from it almost every two months. That said, Snapchat isn't for everyone. The format for sharing anything on Snapchat is almost exclusively images. The option to share text messages is there but Snapchat is, like Instagram, an image centered network. If you've decided this is one fad you can sit out, you might want to delete your Snapchat account. Here's how you can do just that. Read More

How To Enable And Disable Focused Inbox In The Mail App In Windows 10

Microsoft has added a new feature to the Mail app called 'Focused Inbox'. It is an auto-generated inbox that filters important email into a special, 'focused' tab. Focused Inbox is a long standing Outlook feature. A similar feature called 'tabbed inbox' is present in Gmail. Gmail sorts social media, forum updates, and promotions emails into separate tabs. Important emails go to the Primary tab. Focused Inbox in Mail is rolling out slowly to Windows 10 users. It will eventually be available to everyone on the stable Windows 10 channel. Here's how you can enable and disable focused Inbox in the Mail app in Windows 10. Read More

How To Crop Panoramas For An Instagram Album

Instagram made the square sized photo popular. The app stuck with this particular photo size for a long time. The size came with its limitations and apps like Layout couldn't remove them. Eventually, Instagram allowed users to post photos in their original, wide, dimensions. The feature is alright and you can use it to post a panorama but the results aren't that great. You end up with a very zoomed out photo. Instawide is a free Android app that can crop panoramas for an Instagram album. iOS users will have to pay $0.99 for Panosel, an app that does the same thing but on an iPhone. Instagram albums or multiple image posts are a new Instagram feature that lets you share ten photos in one post. Instawide crops a panorama so that you can share it as an album. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use White Balance In Google Photos

Google Photos has a new feature called 'White balance'. This feature isn't new in the sphere of photography or picture editing apps. Countless camera and photo editing apps have had this feature since ages. It is, however, new to Google Photos. The feature adjusts the color in a photo and gives it an even tone. Pictures taken in poor light have areas that are too dark or too bright. White balance fixes that problem. Here's how to use white balance in Google Photos. Read More

How To Disable Your Webcam When Not In Use [Windows]

Webcams come integrated in all laptops available in the market today. A laptop that doesn't have a webcam is unheard of. They're so common that operating systems include a camera app right out of the box. Of course, webcams are also a security risk. Someone can hack your webcam and use it to spy on you. The easiest way to avoid this is to tape the lens over like Mark Zukerberg does. If you don't want to use tape, there are special covers available for laptop webcams. Alternatively, you can just disable your webcam and make your system think you don't have one, period. Webcam On-Off is a free Windows utility that lets you disable your webcam in just one click. Read More

How To Remove Suggested Apps From The Share Menu In Windows 10

Windows 10, like Windows 8, has contextual sharing. If you select files in File Explorer, a share tab appears on the ribbon. It lets you share files via supported apps. The apps that support contextual sharing appear in the share menu. Users can't add or remove apps from the share menu. The apps appear automatically when you install them. Over time, Windows 10 picks up on which app you prefer to share with and puts it at the top of the list. Come April 2017, Microsoft is adding suggested apps to the share menu in the Creator's Update. These apps are apps that you have not installed on your device but Microsoft thinks you probably should. Needless to say, it is unnecessary clutter. Here's how you can remove suggested apps from the share menu in Windows 10. Read More

How To Change The Power Plan From The System Tray In Windows 10

Windows has different power profiles that users can set up. A power profile lets you quickly change your system's settings between low and high power usage. Some of the variables in a power plan include screen brightness, display timeout, system sleep, and more. Users can customize a power plan to suit their needs. There are three power plans in Windows 10; high performance, balanced, and power saver. In order to switch to a different power plan, a user has to open the Control Panel app by right-clicking the battery icon in the system tray. In the Creator's Update, Microsoft is going to add a slider to the battery icon's menu to make this easier. PowerPlanSwitcher is a Windows UWP app that gives you this feature right now. It lets you change the power plan from the system tray to any one of the three default plans. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide Apps From Google Search In Android

The dedicated Google Search app in Android has received an upgrade. It can now search your apps as well as the internet. This feature is similar to Spotlight search in iOS. The Google Search app now has a dedicated tab called 'In Apps' and all matching results from apps installed on your phone appear under this tab. One of the many apps Google Search can look through is the People app on your phone. You can use it to look up a contact's details. If you prefer to hide apps from Google Search, you need to revoke access. Here's how. Read More

How To Tell If Windows 10 Is A Fresh Install Or An Upgrade

Windows 10 was free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. For one year, Microsoft gave users the option to upgrade their old version of Windows to the newest one. The free offer was rescinded when Microsoft released the Anniversary Update. After that, users running Windows 7/8 had to purchase Windows 10. They got a new product key for the license they bought. Users who upgraded from an older Windows version used their old Windows 7/8 license. If you ever need to check whether a Windows 10 installation is an upgrade or a fresh install, there's no straight forward way to tell. You might have a Windows.old folder in your C Drive if you upgraded but that too disappears one month after the upgrade. Here's how you can tell if Windows 10 is a fresh install or an upgrade. Read More

How To Find Which App Or Process Is Using A USB In Windows

It only takes seconds to safely remove a USB drive or an external hard drive. In Windows, you can eject a USB drive from the system tray or from File Explorer. In File Explorer, select a USB drive and go to the 'Manage' tab. Click the 'Eject' button to safely remove a drive. From the system tray, right-click the USB device icon and select the Eject option for the drive you want to remove. If all goes well, Windows will tell you it's safe to remove a USB drive within seconds. There are exceptions to this of course. At times, Windows tells you it isn't safe to remove a USB drive because it is in use by an app or a process. The message prompt doesn't tell you which app or process is using a USB. Here's how you can see what's preventing Windows from safely ejecting a USB drive. Read More