See How ISO, Aperture, And Shutter Speed Settings Affect An Image

Interactive Exposure Tool
Smartphone cameras have become so good that they are often the entry device for many photography enthusiasts. With cameras becoming powerful, manufacturers are also allowing users to customize camera settings like ISO sensitivity, Aperture, and Shutter speed. If you're starting out with the basics of photography then you will experiment with these settings quite a bit. If you're having trouble understanding just what changes made to either one of these settings does when you're taking a photo, visit Exposure Tool. It's a very simple online tool that shows you the effect of these settings on a given image and lets you play with them. Read More

How To Use Google Translate As A Proxy Service

Google Translate - proxy
Workplaces and schools tend to bar certain useful websites from being accessible because they can (and often do) lead to hours of procrastination. That said, sometimes you need to genuinely access a blocked website and not everyone has a go-to solution on hand that they can use to circumvent their network restrictions. At times like these, it's good to have a quick work-around that won't require you to download and install anything on your system (cause that too might be blocked). Your quick work-around comes in the form of Google Translate. Here's how you can use it to access a website blocked on your network. Read More

How To Exclude Apps From The Doze Feature In Android 6.0

Android 6.0 comes with a brand new feature called Doze that preserves battery life. It turns On by itself and you can neither opt-in nor opt-out of it. If Android thinks your battery charge needs saving, it will step-in and take measures to preserve it. One of the things Doze does to preserve the battery is to stop background notifications. You will continue to get background notifications from Hangouts but most if not all apps will not make the cut. If you have a different app that you want to rely on for important messages, or just have a few you would like to exclude from the Doze feature, you will have to explicitly tell Android 6.0 to leave it alone when it turns Doze On. Here's how. Read More

Check Which Facebook Friends In The Oct 2015 Earthquake Are Safe

Safety Check for Afghanistan Earthquake
Facebook is proactively helping users check if their friends are safe post the 7.5 earthquake that struck Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India today. If you have friends on Facebook who live in the affected area, you can check with Facebook to see if they've marked themselves safe. If you yourself are in the affected area, you can mark yourself safe. Visit this link to check into the Afghanistan Earthquake 2015 check-in point. Details after the jump are commentary. Please visit this link to let you family and friends know you are safe. Read More

Manage & Set A Default Volume For Vine Videos [Firefox]

Vine Volume Fixer
The Vine video player is beyond basic; there is no seek bar and the volume goes On or Off. Granted Vines are so short in length you aren't likely to need the usual controls that you get with a standard media player but smarter volume controls can't hurt. Vine Volume Fixer is a Firefox add-on that lets you set a default volume level for all Vine videos that play. Once the add-on is installed, all Vine videos play at 25% volume and you can customize this level from the add-ons settings. Read More

Recover Unsaved MS Word Documents With Version Control

It isn't until you lose a very important document moments before a deadline that you truly get in the habit of compulsively saving documents. I'd be lying if I said I didn't sometimes accidentally try and save the tab I currently have open in my browser but I'd rather be safe than sorry. If you have however had the misfortune of your computer crashing, or accidentally hitting 'Don't save' when closing a document when you meant to save it, there's a way to recover it. It works even if you don't have file history enabled in Windows because the recover feature is in MS Word itself. Read More

Have Your Phone Call Out To You Every Hour So You Don’t Lose It

We've all misplaced our phones at some point. They're super thin and as each millimeter of their thickness is shed with a new model, they get easier to lose. It's getting so you don't have to let the phone slip between the crack in the couch and cushions to lose it. You can instead lose it by accidentally shutting it in a book. We once reviewed an app called Marco Polo for the iPhone that allowed you to call out to your phone if you had lost it but the app had one downside; it taxed your battery. Butterfingerz is an app for both iOS and Android that calls out to you after every hour so that if you can't find your phone, you can follow the sound to it. Read More

Find Which App Uses The Most Memory On Your Phone In Android 6.0

You have no doubt observed that some apps, mostly those that are games, consume more battery life than others. This is true for just about any device whether it's a laptop or a mobile phone. Android phones are no different. Games will obviously tax your battery but apps also consume a device's memory i.e RAM. How slow or quickly an app runs, how good multi-tasking is on your device depends on the available RAM on said device. As of Android 6.0, users can now simply look up which apps are taking up the most memory on their device and optimize how they use the app so that the device runs more smoothly. Here's where you can look at the RAM usage for all running apps on your Android phone. Read More

How To Configure Do Not Disturb Rules In Android 6.0

Android 5.0 introduced Do Not Disturb; a feature that allowed you to silent all notifications on your phone for a specific time on certain days. The feature at the time was called Interruptions. As of Android 6.0, it has been renamed to Do Not Disturb and it now comes with configurable rules. The rules allow you to create multiple scenarios that will trigger Do Not Disturb. These rules may be based on time, or an event in your calendar. The feature is very basic but exceptionally useful nonetheless. Here's how you can create rules for the Do Not Disturb feature in Android 6.0. Read More

How To Set Up App Links In Android 6.0

Apps like Facebook and Twitter come with their own built-in browsers so that you can open links in your feed without having to switch to your browser. It makes it easier to return to your social media feed of choice and lately, these apps have been making improvements to their in-app browsers so that users have a better reading experience. That said, nothing opens a Facebook link like the Facebook app, and the same can be said of Twitter links. Android 6.0 makes opening these links in their respective apps much easier. You can set Twitter and Facebook (and just about any app that can open links) as the default app to open certain links from the more actions menu. This new feature is called App Links and here's how you can use it. Read More

How To Revoke Individual Permissions For An App In Android 6.0

Security, especially when it comes to apps, has always been a huge concern for Android users. Every now and then you will see new reports of malicious apps being present in the Google Play Store. Malicious apps exist and they do make it to the Play Store and on to our devices. Unfortunately, a malicious app is only discovered after it's been around for a while. One way to keep ourselves safe is to limit what permissions an app has. Some apps might ask for additional permission as you continue to use them, or after they have been updated. If you ever feel an app is asking for too much access to your device you can always revoke it and as of Android 6.0, you can individually manage app permissions for any app and revoke them selectively. Here's how. Read More

Customize The Quick Access Toggles In The Notification Panel In Android 6.0

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My dad uses an Android phone and he knows the basics of it. One thing he's always had a problem with is the toggles in the Notification Panel. He manages to tap the WiFi toggle and turn it Off, and then he wonders why the internet isn't working (or who turned the internet Off on his phone). I've often wished I could just get rid of some of those toggles and it seems someone at Google has heard my silent prayers. In Android 6.0 there is a new experimental feature that allows you to customize which toggles appear in the Notification Panel. You can not only remove a toggle but also rearrange how they are ordered. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable The Invert Colors Toggle In Android 6.0

Back in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) the toggles in the Notification Panel were a major addition. These toggles allowed users to quickly turn On/Off some of the most frequently used settings on the device like Bluetooth and WiFi. It also had a toggle that let you use the flash on your phone as a flashlight. With Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) there's a new toggle in the Notification Panel called Invert Colors but it is greyed out so that you cannot use it making you wonder why it's there in the first place and what exactly is it going to take to get it to work. To make the Invert Colors toggle functional, you need to turn it on in the Settings app. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable System UI Tuner In Android 6.0

Android 6.0 is slowly rolling out to devices and it certainly comes with lots of new features that you will want to explore. Some features in Marshmallow are experimental and hidden away unless you decide you absolutely want to, have to, need to, try them out. These new experimental features reside in a preference in the Settings app called the System UI Tuner but you won't simply see the preference there if you open the Settings app. System UI Tuner, because of the experimental nature of its settings, has to be enabled first. Here's how. Read More

Create A VLC Shortcut That Plays All Audio Files In A Selected Folder

VLC player is incredibly popular. So popular that I don't really need to give it much of an introduction. A lot of people substitute their default media players with VLC players and it's equally popular on both Windows and OS X. What makes VLC so great is how powerful it is and how you can always find a plug-in to use with it that will make it better. That said, if you're a Windows user who hasn't set VLC player as the default media player but would like to use it to play all media files in a particular folder there isn't a simple way to do it through the UI. Here's a little tweak you apply to a VLC player desktop shortcut that will allow have it play all media files in a pre-selected folder. Read More

Stop Android 6.0 From Saving Your Passwords To Your Google Account

android 6 -google
Android 6.0 comes with lots of new features and one of those is Smart Passwords. What does Smart Passwords do? Well it takes your passwords and syncs them to your Google Account so you never ever lose them again, ever. It sounds great, right? Google will have all your passwords and everything you use requires a Google account. It's basically a version of 'One Ring to rule them all' that fits our world. The feature unfortunately is turned on by default when you upgrade to Android 6.0. In Android Lollipop a similar feature existed that saved your Wi-Fi password to your Google account. With Android 6.0 it takes things further and stores passwords entered in apps and websites. If that alarms you, here's where you can turn the Smart Passwords off. Read More

How To Access The Built-In File Manager In Android 6.0

android 6 - settings
A few years ago, Android used to come with an app that made it possible for users to browse files stored on their device. Whether it was the internal memory or a memory card you wanted to access files on, the app let you do it. It was basic but unfortunately it soon disappeared. Users have since used file browsers that are available on the Google Play store but as of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there is once again a default file browser available on the system. Accessing it is a bit tricky though because it's not a stand alone app as you would expect it to be. Here's how you can access it. Read More

Disable Spelling & Grammar Check For A Paragraph In MS Word

ms word - proofing
Last week, we showed you how to disable spelling and/or grammar checks in MS Word for an entire document without turning it off for every document. While it may be useful to turn spell-check off for a document, the chances that you write one where it's completely useless or more of a hindrance than a helping tool are small. What you're more likely to find yourself writing is a document where portions of it need to be excluded from the spelling and grammar check while others need it. Here's how you can disable it for portions of a document but keep it running for the document on a whole. Read More

How To Copy & Paste Text Formatting In MS Word via Keyboard Shortcuts

The first group project I ever did in college was a mess. Besides not knowing how to collaborate on a project, we had little to no idea what a finished and perfectly formatted project report looked like. We did know that one poor soul in the group would be in charge of compiling the work everyone had done into a presentable document. I only wish we'd discovered the format painting tool back then. When I did finally discover it I was amazed for about two weeks and then wishing there were an easier way to do it i.e. keyboard shortcuts. Fortunately, there is. MS Word lets you copy and paste text via keyboard shortcuts but it also lets you copy and paste format from selected text though it isn't as widely known. Here's how. Read More

Allow Other Users To Run Certain Programs With Admin Rights

RunAs Tool 3
A few days ago we showed you how to run the task manager as an administrator or a different user. The process  required that you would need the admin password to do so. In an almost polar opposite scenario, we're looking at what you should do if you want to give users the ability to run certain programs with Admin rights, but without giving them the administrator password. The simplest way comes in the form of a little utility called RunAsTool. It's free and you can use it to grant other users permission to run programs with elevated persmission. Here's how it works. Read More