How To Set Reminders Inside Facebook Messenger

Early last year we reviewed a neat Facebook Messenger bot called Jarvis. Jarvis lets you set reminders inside Facebook Messenger. The bot reminds you to do something via a message on Facebook Messenger. Jarivs is great for private reminders. You can use it to remind yourself to buy milk or call your mom. Facebook Messenger has a built-in reminder feature. This feature is geared towards group reminders. If you're planning a day out with a friend, or a group of friends over messenger, you can add a reminder to the conversation thread. Here's how you can set reminders inside Facebook Messenger.Read More

How To Send Self-Destructing Photos On Instagram

Instagram is still striving to copy Snapchat. The introduction of stories on Instagram was really just the beginning. The app now supports self-destructing photos. This new feature is integrated in the direct messages feature on Instagram. You can send a friend a photo that will self-destruct after they have seen it. If your friend takes a screenshot of the photo, you will get a notification on your phone as well as in the conversation thread. Here's how you can send self-destructing photos on Instagram.Read More

How To Customize Subtitles On Facebook Videos

Facebook videos have captions. Unlike YouTube closed captioning, Facebook doesn't automatically generate captions for a video. If a video has captions, you can turn them On. The person uploading the video has to add subtitles. If they don't, there is no way to get captions for it. This is probably why you don't see a lot of subtitles on Facebook videos. These are videos people share from their cell phones. It's unlikely anyone would add subtitles to a video of their birthday party. That said, Facebook does support subtitles. Here's how you can customize subtitles on Facebook videos.Read More

How to Use a VPN So Your ISP Can’t Track You

Keeping personal information safe from online hackers has always been a concern. Now that ISPs in the United States have the legal right to sell your internet history without permission, privacy on the web has become a serious issue. Installing an ad blocker or using a browser's incognito mode doesn't prevent personal details from leaving your home. If you want to prevent ISP tracking and keep your information secure, the best way to do it is by using a virtual private network. Read More

How To Search For Emails By Size In Gmail

Google knows search. It can identify good content from bad content. The spam filters in Gmail are a testament to this. There is nothing quite as robust as Gmail's spam filters and that's mainly because it's a Google product. Gmail has a pretty great search feature too. Even if you communicate with the worst kind of people, chances are Gmail will still be able to find emails from them. The lack of a subject, or the lack of a proper subject will not be a problem. The search feature is smart and it looks at more than just the subject and the sender or date. These are some of the basic search parameters that Gmail supports. It also has a useful size parameter that lets you search for emails by size. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Figure Out International Page Sizes For Printing

Printing pages have standard sizes. At work, the most you will see are the standard A4 size page. For MS Word the default paper size is set to something called 'legal'. Outside work, there is a whole world of printing and page sizes that you are unfamiliar with. PaperSizes is a little web app that breaks down the size of printing pages. It doesn't just simplify page sizes. It tells you the various sizes that envelopes, photographic sheet, and business cards are available in. You can explore international page sizes for printing by country or function.Read More

How To Reverse Scroll Direction In Windows 10

Windows 10, used to have an easy to access reverse scroll direction option. It allowed you to reverse the direction your trackpad scrolled in. It was in the Settings app under Devices>Mouse & Trackpad and was a simple little switch that users had to flip. Windows 10 removed the reverse scroll direction option, probably through an update. This has left Windows users with no simple way to reverse scroll direction in Windows 10. The good news is, it's still possible but you have to know where to look. Here's how you can reverse scroll direction on the touchpad and for a mouse wheel in Windows 10.Read More

How To Disable Driver Signature Enforcement In Windows 10

Windows is not exactly synonymous with security. It tires, and it tires hard but PCs are subject to almost every imaginable digital malady such as malware burrowing its way into your kernel under the guise of harmless software. As a counter-measure, Windows attempts to keep your system secure by having hardware manufacturers digitally sign their drivers and have them verified by Microsoft for mass distribution. If you are a developer looking to install an older driver, or a self-made driver, or a custom tweak that is unlikely to be signed you won't be able to. In order to install an unsigned driver, you need to  disable driver signature enforcement.Read More

Fix The Disk Structure Is Corrupted And Unreadable In Windows

There are times when we want to access parts of our disk and Windows simply refuses to comply. Sometimes it just freezes until explorer crashes, or the disk isn't physically removed. Sometimes, you get the message 'The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable'. That is a sign that your device has incurred some physical problems that might need addressing. This is a common occurrence with removable media such as USB Drives, Memory Cards, or older mechanical hard drives. This can be brought on by simple corrupt data, or it can be as bad as  a damaged Master File Table (MFT). Whatever the cause, the result is the same. Here are all the ways you can overcome this problem.Read More

How To Run A JAR File On Windows

Windows apps are mainly packaged as installers or executable files. An app installer has the MSI extension and an executable file has the EXE extension. At times, a developer may choose to zip an EXE file. This is done because browsers will block an EXE from downloading thinking it is malicious. Similarly, some email services and clients may not let users attach or download an EXE file. Windows users are therefore, used to extracting an EXE from a zipped folder in order to run it. While normal, this can be confusing if you've downloaded a JAR file. The JAR file will be associated with the 7zip or Winzip apps. The archive app will be able to extract the JAR file but there isn't going to be anything in it that you can run. Here's how you can run a JAR file on Windows.Read More

How To Enable Spatial Sound In Windows 10 For Headphones & Home Theater

The Windows 10 Creators Update has added spatial sound. If you're unfamiliar with what spatial sound is, it's basically 3D sound. With Spatial Sound enabled, it seems as though the music is playing around you as opposed to through your ear buds. True spatial sound is a combination of three things; audio composed to deliver a spatial listening experience, headphones or speakers configured for spatial sound, and software to support it. The Creators Update lets you enable Spatial Sound in Windows 10. Here's how.Read More

How To Configure The Power Button To Turn Off The Display In Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to users now. If you don't want to wait for the roll out, you can upgrade to the Creators Update now. There are several new features in the Creators Update that make the update worth it. The ability to hide the apps list from the Start Menu is at the top of that list. That said, there are also quite a few minor improvements in the Creators Update that you will love. One new, mostly undocumented, addition is a new action for the power button. Users can sleep, hibernate, or shut down Windows 10 by pressing the power button. The Creators Update now lets you configure the power button to turn off the display. Here's how to set it up.Read More

How To Record Your Browser On Your iPhone

You can record a screencast of your iPhone if you have a Mac. If you don't have a Mac, you will have to jailbreak your device to record a screencast. If you're developing iOS apps, this is hardly going to be a problem because a Mac is a prerequisite for iOS development. The same can't be said if you're developing for the web. If all you need to do is record your browser on your iPhone, buying a Mac or jailbreaking your device is overkill. Meet Mobile Web Recorder; it's an iOS app worth $1.99 in the app store that lets you record your browser on your iPhone. The app has its own built-in web browser. You enter the URL you want to record, and tap Go. Mobile Web Recorder can record just the screen or the screen and audio from your mic.Read More

How To Disable Auto Tab Refresh In Chrome

Chrome automatically refreshes tabs that you haven't visited in a while. It's a new feature added to the browser in version 48. If you have several tabs open in any given window in Chrome, and you don't visit a tab for a long time, Chrome will refresh it automatically when you next click switch to it. This is to get you the latest version of the web page. Chrome assumes that in the time you opened and then visited the tab, something might have changed. This ensures you always have the latest version of the page. Officially, this feature is called 'Discarded tabs'. It not only gives you the most recent version of a page but it also aims to reduce memory usage. Here's how you can disable auto tab refresh in Chrome.Read More

How To Switch To Mini View In The Movies & TV App In Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update has a new feature called Mini View. It's limited to the Movies & TV, and Skype Preview apps for now. This feature lets you pin the app to a corner of your screen on top of all other apps. Think picture-in-picture mode that lets you continue watching a movie while you work. Mini View in the Movies & TV app is a feature added with the Creators Update. If you're still running the Anniversary Update, you won't be able to use it. An update to the app alone will not enable Mini View in the Movies & TV app. Here's how you can switch to the mini view in the Movies & TV app in Windows 10.Read More

Move The Current Window To A Virtual Desktop With A Hotkey [Windows 10]

Virtual desktops in Windows 10 are a bare-bone feature. Third-party apps allow you to name virtual desktops and jump straight to one without cycling through them all. The built-in keyboard shortcuts for the virtual desktops are basic. To move a window to a virtual desktop, you have to first go to the Task View. zVirtualDesktop is a Windows app that lets you move the current window to a virtual desktop with a hotkey. You don't have to go to Task view first. You can move the current window to a virtual desktop and switch to it. Alternatively, you can just move the window and remain on the current desktop. The app also supports hotkeys for pinning apps and lets you set a different wallpaper for each desktop.Read More

How To Use Location Based Features Without Enabling Location Access [Windows 10]

Windows 10 has a few features that require access to your current location. You can enable location access from the Settings app under Privacy>Location. When you turn on location access, Windows 10 is able to give you the current weather and Cortana can find places nearby. Third party apps can request access to your current location. It is entirely up to you to select which apps can and cannot access your current location. If you want to use location based features without enabling location access for the OS, you can. The solution comes built-in with Windows 10. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Automatically Change The System Volume On Wake On macOS

When a system goes to sleep, it preserves the state it was in. If you had apps and files open on your desktop, they will still be there when you get back. Everything from your work setup to your system configurations is stored. When you wake your system, you can pick up work where you left it off. macOS is no different. When it wakes from sleep, everything is exactly where you left it which is a good thing except in the case of your system's volume. The volume is one thing that you might want to reset when you wake your system. If you left the volume high because you were playing music, it might startle you when you wake your system from sleep. Here's how you can change the system volume on wake on macOS.Read More

How To Get The Windows 10 Creators Update

It's April and the Windows 10 Creators Update is happening. Microsoft formally announced the release date for the Creators Update and shed a little light on how the roll out will take place. As with the Anniversary Update, the roll out will be slow. Users on newer devices will get the update first. You can choose to wait for the update to roll out to you but that could take as long as two months. The good news if you're already running Windows 10, you can force the update with the Update Assistant or you can get the ISO. Here's how.Read More

How To Quickly Get A Blank Desktop [macOS]

There are two kinds of people in this world; those who have clean, organized desktops, and those that have cluttered desktops. Some people make it a priority to always have a well organized desktop and to ensure only the most important files and folders have a place on their desktop. Others put cleaning their desktop on a back burner. If you're the kind that often has a messy desktop or you're just looking to hide what's on it then Screen Commander is the app for the job. It's a free macOS utility that gives you a blank desktop by adding a black shade to it. Your icons are all hidden but your app windows are not. It works with multiple displays and runs entirely from the menu bar.Read More