How To Discretely Dial An Emergency Number From Your iPhone

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Apple has been receiving quite a bit of criticism for its Macbook lineup. The iPhone 7 has likewise been the target of quite a few jokes. iOS 10 is plagued with odd bugs. All this equals to a lot of people saying the end of Apple is near. It's times like this when you have to remember that Apple is still paying attention to the small things. Back when iOS 8 first debuted, it brought with it a feature called Medical ID. This put essential medical information on your lock screen. It can be accessed by anyone if you ever experience a medical emergency and be helpful for anyone trying to assist you. In iOS 10.2, Apple has added yet another awesome feature aimed towards safety; Emergency SOS dialing. The feature lets you discretely and quickly dial your local emergency number when you are unable to dial it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To (Finally) Undo Send In Gmail For iOS

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Gmail has long had an 'Undo Send' feature. It must be enabled, but once done, it gives you a thirty second window to take back an email after sending it. For a long time, this feature was experimental. It was only last year that it was made a standard feature in Gmail. Despite the feature now being stable for over a year, it hasn't been added to the Gmail mobile apps. Gmail for Android still lacks the 'Undo Send' feature but Gmail for iOS has just received an update that adds the 'Undo Send' button to it. Read More

How To Clear History For The Current Tab In Firefox

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Firefox lets you remove individual entries from your browsing history. It also lets you clean your browsing history for the last one, two, or four hours, or the previous day. You can also clear your history and purge all entries from it. The thing is, our browsing history is useful. We might want to keep some of our history private, but removing it all at once would make for a poorer browsing experience. Forget Tab is a Firefox add-on that can delete your browsing history for the current tab. You need only click the add-on's button to clean the current tab's history. Read More

How To Get The Pixel Phone’s Fingerprint Gestures On Any Device [No Root]

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Google's Pixel phones have a unique feature that other Android phones running Android 7.1 will not get; fingerprint gestures. The fingerprint gesture lets you use the fingerprint sensor on a Pixel phone as an input device instead of just a security lock. Now, Pixel phones aren't the only Android phones in the market to have a fingerprint scanner. There are in fact lots of high end phones, including the Nexus 6P that have the scanner built in. Google is effectively locking them out of being able to use this particular feature. Fingerprint Quick Action and Fingerprint Gestures (Beta) are two Android apps that rectifythe problem; they add fingerprint gestures to all phones that have a fingerprint scanner. The do not require a rooted phone to work. Both are still in early stages of development but we found Fingerprint Gestures (Beta) to be far more superior. Depending on which phone you have, you might want to try them both out. Read More

How To Send Handwritten Notes In The Messages App In iOS 10

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Handwritten notes is one of the new feature introduced in the Messages app in iOS 10. It's possibly one of the lesser known ones because there is no obvious way to access it. Unless you know about the feature you won't really look for it. The feature is similar to the digital touch feature in that it lets you 'write' a message. Unlike digital touch, your recipient receives the final message you've written. It isn't played out like a digital touch message. The writing itself looks like ink to give it  more handwritten look, hence the name. It comes with a few preset messages that you can send but you're free to compose your own. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide Notification Previews Only When Your iPhone Is Locked In iOS 10

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Notifications are tricky; you want to be able to look at your phone and know what the notification is for without actually going into the app. At the same time, you don't want anyone else to be able to look at your locked phone and see a snippet from an email or text message. iOS has a setting that lets you hide the preview of a notification on a per-app basis. It effectively turns off the notification preview for said app regardless if your iPhone is locked or unlocked. This gives you privacy but also prevents you from getting notification previews when your phone is unlocked and in your hands. As of iOS 10.2 though, you can hide the preview on the lock screen but allow it to appear when your phone isn't locked. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable Auto-Jump In Minecraft

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Minecraft is a world of fun blocks and monsters that try to kill you when you go out, or if your home isn't properly lit. If you haven't tried the game, give the trial version a spin. If nothing, the game certainly gives you plenty of room to be creative. The world of Minecraft has a lot to do with looking for and amassing the right resources in order to achieve the game's objective. The game updates regularly to introduce new types of resources aka blocks. Minecraft 1.10.2 introduced Magma blocks and it also introduced 'Auto-Jump'. Auto-Jump lets you jump up one block. In older versions of Minecraft, and most other games, the 'jump' function is executed by hitting the space bar. With Auto-Jump, you no longer have to do that. When your avatar approaches a block, it automatically hops on to it. The feature has its pros and cons and depending on how useful you think it is, you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

Turning Off Siri Access From Home Button Turns It Off Completely In iOS 10.2

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There are two ways to use Siri; long press the Home button or say 'Hey Siri'. For older devices, you can only use 'Hey Siri' when your device is connected to a power source. Newer devices have 'Hey Siri' set to always on. This is awesome for when you can't manually access Siri via the home button. iOS 10 has new settings in the Accessibility menu that let you disable Siri access from the home button. Unfortunately, disabling Siri access from home button turns it off completely so that you can't even use it via a 'Hey Siri' command. This is the very definition of one step forward and two steps back and Apple needs to fix it before iOS 10.2 hits the stable version. Read More

How To Preserve Camera Settings In iOS 10

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The Camera app in iOS always defaults to Photo mode. The app supports several different modes for capturing photos and videos including a time-lapse video recording mode and a panorama photo capture mode. You can switch between these and other modes by swiping left or right. When you leave the app and return to it later, it always returns to the Photo mode. The app also supports live filters but like the different capture modes, the filter is also reset to 'None' when you leave the app. Users have found this to be a hindrance and iOS 10.2 has a setting that lets you preserve the camera mode and the filter you've applied even after you leave the app. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Automatically Keep All Digital Touch Messages In iOS 10

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Digital touch messages are a new addition to the Messages app in iOS 10. They work between iMessage conversation threads and replicate a feature of the same name from the Apple Watch. Digital touch messages let you draw a message and send it. When you receive a Digital touch message, you see a 'Keep' option under it. Tapping it will save the message forever. The person sending the message will know it was kept. If you don't keep a message, it expires after two minutes which is a rather small time frame. The good news is, you can automatically save all Digital Touch messages you receive if you know what switch to flip. Read More

Block ‘Mailto:’ Links And Copy The Email Address To Your Clipboard [Chrome]

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You will often find the 'Contact Us' button on many websites, particularly those meant to provide support or send feedback are in fact 'Mailto:' links. The Mailto: link automatically opens your default email client. For Windows users, this might be Outlook, Thunderbird, or the new Mail app in Windows 10. For macOS users, this might be the default email client Mail. If you prefer the Mailto: links not open an email client, or you'd rather not be prompted to choose how to handle the link request, NoMailto: is a Chrome extension that's worth checking out. It does two things; it stops Mailto: links from opening your email client, and it gives you the choice to simply copy the email address to your clipboard. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Set Default Apps In Windows 10 When It Won’t Let You

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Windows has always made it easy to set default apps. If you don't like Internet Explorer, or Windows Media Player, you can easily change the default web browser and the default media player. This has been true for all versions of Windows, and Windows 10 is no different. The Settings app has a dedicated section under the System group of settings for selecting default apps. Unfortunately, and because we're talking about Windows 10, the 'Default Apps' section is prone to errors. Often, users are unable to set a default app despite doing everything right. The new app they select simply refuses to be associated with the default you want to set it for. The solution is a fairly simple one; set defaults through the control panel instead. Read More

How To Add Custom Gridlines To Any Website In Chrome

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Apple might be falling apart in terms of both hardware and software design but at its peak, it taught us how good something looks if it's properly aligned. The point is, when things line up perfectly they look better and this hold true for industrial design and web design. Website designs are usually created in Photoshop but that's not to say designers and developers don't tinker with the look of a website in their browser. It's pretty easy to tinker with; all you have to do is open the web development console that all major web browsers have and add padding, change text color, etc. One thing all these consoles lack is an alignment tool. If Chrome is your preferred browser for development, Baseliner is an extension you have to try out. It adds a series of horizontal lines to your screen. You have complete freedom to define the spacing between these lines as well as their color. Additionally, the tool lets you add custom padding to the top of a page before the gridlines. Read More

How To Insert A Symbol In Google Docs By Drawing It

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Word processors support more than just the common symbols the average person needs to use. The most common ones can easily be typed via a standard keyboard. All other symbols are used far less often and word processors like MS Word, Pages, and Google Docs support a wide range of them. If you need to insert a symbol in apps like MS Word or Pages, you have to go through a list of them and find the right one. Google Docs offers a better and rather intelligent solution to inserting symbols. It lets you draw the symbol and narrows down the list based on your drawing. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Profile Picture Login For The Facebook App

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When was the last time you actually signed into Facebook? The social network is such an essential part of our lives that we habitually leave our accounts signed in on trusted computers. For those who try to take a break, Facebook does everything it can to make it easier to come back. The Facebook mobile apps have a Profile Picture login feature that lets you log in to the Facebook app by just tapping on your profile picture. This feature is meant to be used when you log out of the app or uninstall it, and need to log in again. It isn't automatically enabled and you have to give Facebook explicit permission to enable it. If you have enabled it and are having second thoughts, disabling it is easy enough. Here's how. Read More

How To Remotely Sign Out Of Skype

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We've all heard horror stories about leaving a social media account signed in on the wrong computer. At one point, these stories were quite common and were instrumental in training us to always log out of Facebook. If you do forget to log out of Facebook on a public computer, you can remotely end all sessions. The same holds true for Gmail but this is a feature few services offer. If you have left your Skype account signed in on a public computer, or a phone that is no longer in your possession, you're likely looking for a way to end the session remotely. Skype has a simple little command that does the trick. Read More

Insert Emoji From The Right-Click Context Menu In Firefox

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Desktop web browsers still do not support emoji. Unless a web app supports them, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer will not let you see them. If supported by the operating system e.g. macOS, you will be able to insert an emoji but that's the only exception to the case. Emoji Plus is a Firefox add-on that lets you insert emoji from the right-click context menu. It works inside text input fields and features a list of commonly used emoji. Read More

How To Backup And Download Your Favorite Vines As MP4 Files

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Vine is being shut down. Twitter made the announcement just before the weekend. Users will no longer be able to record and upload new vines. Twitter said it will keep the old Vines around so they aren't lost forever, yet. Given that Vine is being shut down so soon, it's not a good idea to bank on Twitter keeping your favorite vines around forever. Fortunately there are other ways to keep your Vines around, ones that don't rely on Twitter. Giphy is offering to convert them to GIFs but that will leave you without the sound. A far better way to backup your Vines is to download them. RIP Vine is a free web app that lets you download Vines by any user. The Vines are saved in MP4 format. You are free to immortalize them/upload them to other websites like Facebook or Instagram once you have the MP4 file. Read More

How To Get A Plus Code For A Location In Google Maps

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You can share locations in Google Maps via a link. If you'r trying to help someone find your house or a place of business, the easiest thing to do is to drop a pin and share it. When someone clicks or taps on the link, they jump to the location in question. The link is more or less the longitude and latitude coordinates for the location in question. Google Maps has another way to share locations though; plus codes. You can get a plus code for any location you drop a pin on. The codes are available only in the Android and iOS apps and not the web interface. In Google's own words, a Plus Code is like a postal address, one that Google Maps understands. Here's how they work. Read More