How To Fix The Webcam Freezing And Crashing In Windows 10

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was a major update and where it came with some major features, it also came with quite a few problems. Noteworthy among the problems with the update is the camera constantly freezing and crashing. The default Camera app, as well as other apps that need to use the camera are both freezing or crashing on launch. If you're experiencing this bug, it isn't going to just go away. It's a result of a change Microsoft made to how it decodes the video stream. Not everyone is experiencing the crashes but if you are, a registry edit is the only way to fix it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Is It Safe To Copy/Paste Passwords From Your Clipboard?

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Passwords, whether they're for an online service or for our local Windows account, need to be guarded carefully. A leaked password can often help anyone with malicious intent guess what your other passwords might be. People who use important numbers like their birthdays in their password put themselves at even greater risk. General safety protocol says you shouldn't use the same password for multiple accounts, nor should you write it down anywhere it can be found easily. Many people resort to using password vaults i.e. services like LastPass so they don't have to write passwords down or bother to remember them. For the most part a password vault is a safe and secure way to store passwords unless of course users compromise security by copying passwords to the clipboard. The clipboard is a Windows feature that every single app on your system has access to. There is no way to filter out which apps can and cannot access content on the clipboard. If you've installed a malicious app on your system then copy/pasting passwords to/from your clipboard is a security risk. Read More

Cortana Can Show Lyrics For The Current YouTube Video In Edge In Windows 10

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Microsoft has integrated Cortana into other Windows 10 apps and features after the Anniversary Update. Many users find Cortana underwhelming. It hogs system resources quite a bit so people prefer to turn it Off and search their computer the same way they've been doing it for ages before Cortana existed. Even if you have Cortana turned Off, i.e. you aren't using voice commands to search your system, get traffic and weather updates, or create reminders, some features of its features still work. One such feature is integrated in Edge and it works exclusively on YouTube. Open a music video on YouTube in Edge, and Cortana can get the lyrics for you. You can pin the lyrics next to the video and sing along to your favorite song (preferably in an empty room). Read More

How To Find Which App Is Using Your Webcam [Windows]

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Controlling which apps can access your webcam is pretty simple in Windows 10. You can easily edit the list and revoke an app's access to your webcam if you feel it isn't safe. Windows 10 explicitly has you grant apps access to your webcam so you're safe for the most part. Of course, this is for the good, trustworthy apps that have verified publishers or that come from the Windows Store. Apps that are malicious or that you might have unknowingly downloaded when downloading other apps are an entirely different story. If you suddenly find the little light next to your webcam turned On but can't figure out which app is using it, there's a very simple way to track it down. It requires an app called Process Explorer and the built-in Device Manager. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Automatically Copy Selected Text To Your Clipboard [Firefox]

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Copy/pasting text between apps is something we take for granted. It's a very basic function of any OS and the clipboard can be used to copy and paste text, images, files, and folders. Regardless of what you want to copy, the process is the same; select it, hit Ctrl+C or use the 'Copy' function from the right-click context menu, switch to the app/location you want to paste to, and hit Ctrl+V or use the Paste function from the context menu. It doesn't really get any simpler. AutocopySelection2Clipboard is a Firefox add-on that eliminates the need to use the 'Ctrl+C' keyboard shortcut when copying text. The add-on automatically copies selected text to your clipboard so that you need only paste it and not copy it manually reducing the whole process by one step. Read More

How To Disable Tab Previews In Microsoft Edge In Windows 10

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In Windows, when you hover your mouse cursor over an open app's Taskbar icon, you can see a thumbnail preview of whatever it is you have open in it. This works great when you have multiple browser windows open. The thumbnail preview tells you what's open in the active tab in that particular window. Microsoft has added a very similar feature to Edge. When you have multiple tabs open in Edge, you can hover your mouse over a tab and see a thumbnail preview of the page you have open. You might find it useful, or you might find it useless. If it's the latter, a simple change to the registry can be made to turn it Off. Read More

Fix The Downloads Folder Taking Too Long To Open In Windows 10

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The Downloads folder in Windows 10 is the default location all browsers save files to when you download them. Any app that needs to save files from the internet will use this same location including torrent clients and download managers. Many apps and browsers will often let you open a downloaded file from their own interface e.g. you can click a completed download on the downloads bar in Chrome to open it, or you can open the folder the file has been saved to. You do have the option to change the save location to a different folder but most people stick to the default settings. If you're using the default Downloads folder but find that it takes exceptionally long to open, whether from your browser or from File Explorer,  then here is a simple fix you can try to get it to open faster. Read More

How To Get The Backspace Shortcut To Work Again In Chrome

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Chrome updates are subtle and rarely a cause for alarm. The browser has undergone very few changes that are noticeable for an end user but as of version 52, it has disabled the backspace key's 'go back to previous page' function. In older versions of the browser, you could hit the backspace key and return to the previous link/page you navigated from to the current one. It worked on almost all pages with some exceptions such as the Google search engine page where the search bar was automatically focused. With the functionality removed and users upset by it, Google has released an extension for Chrome called Go Back With Backspace. Install it to get the backspace button working like it did before or use the 'back' keyboard shortcut or buttons instead. If you aren't in the mood to use an extension, you can also use a switch. Read More

How To Find A Perfectly Contrasting Color For Any Color Of Your Choice

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Good design isn't just about cleverly positioned text, minimal icons, or using blank space. It's also about using the right colors. A well designed website, business card, poster, or icon might look terrible simply because the colors used in it clash to make it difficult to read or even look at. This is where it is important to make sure you have used contrasting colors. Contrasting colors can make everything look much better than it really is. Think back to any movie you might have seen recently and you will notice that it has a blue/orange tint to it. It's added post production to make everything look better. Movies like Mad Max use it very well to show how wonderful contrast can be. If you have difficulty finding the perfect contrasting colors, use Hello Color to find them for you. It's a very simple web app that lets you input any color and gives you a perfectly contrasting one in return. Read More

How To Reset The Dock In macOS

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Terminal commands in macOS allow you to customize the Dock to a considerable extent. Either through commands or third party apps, you can customize the dock so that it has blank spaces between groups of app icons, add dividers to it, change the color, and more. Of course, when all is said and done, you might want to know if what you've done to your Dock is permanent. At some point, you might want to go back to the way the Dock looked originally simply because you're tired of the new look you gave it. It's going to be up to you to remember exactly what changes you made to the Dock so you can run the command to or the app needed to undo them. A much simpler solution is to just reset the Dock with a terminal command. Here's how. Read More

How To Identify And Highlight An Ad In Your Facebook News Feed

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Facebook earns revenue from ads and users, people in general, don't like ads. Users push back with ad-blockers which cut into Facebook's revenues. Facebook has now started pushing back against ad-blockers making it so they don't work anymore. Facebook is also working on making ads indistinguishable from regular posts. What this will ultimately result in is content appearing in your News Feed that you think was shared by a friend or a page you follow, when it is in fact an ad. This is more or less Season 19 of South Park with the 'hidden ads' in action. Facebook Ad Highlighter is a Chrome extension that highlights these clever ads in your News Feed and helps you tell the difference between a real post and something that is being pushed on to you because you fit a certain demographic. Read More

How To Add A Note To Your Lock Screen In iOS

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iOS has always had a very clean lock screen. You can show notifications on it and access the camera but nothing more. As of iOS 10, widgets can be added to your lock screen which means it's going to get a lot busier. Your daily appointments, the day's weather, and a traffic report can all be set to show on your lock screen. If you're looking to add a note to it, perhaps the grocery list or an address that you need to get to, Today Snippet is a free iOS widget app that does just that. The app works as an extension allowing you to add text from just about any app. Couple it with the Notes app and you can add anything you've saved as a note to your lock screen. Read More

How To Drop A Lure On A Pokèstop In Pokèmon Go

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Lures in Pokèmon are like incense, except they're better. A lure is an in-game device that is dropped, or more precisely, attached to a Pokèstop. It causes Pokèmon to spawn around the Pokèstop so that anyone who can access it can catch the Pokèmon spawning around it. Where incense works only for the player who has used it, the lure is for everyone. You can buy lures using the in-game currency or you can get them when you reach certain levels. Attaching a lure to a Pokèstop isn't the same as dropping incense. In fact, it's quite different and not really something you can really figure out by just tapping on your screen. Here's how to attach a lure to a Pokèstop. Read More

Download Files And Copy File Content From A Github Repository With One Click [Chrome]

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Github is the most popular way developers share code and collaborate on their projects. A lot of apps that are made open source by developers so that they are available to everyone are hosted on Github. End users can simply download the release version of an app and curious developers can take a look at the code. Github lets you view code files without needing to download them and it also lets you download individual files as well as entire repositories. If you want a faster way to download a single file, or the contents of a single file, Github Plus is a Chrome extension you might find exceptionally useful. It adds download and copy file buttons to Github's interface making these oft used actions much easier to execute. Read More

How To Send Effects And Add Reactions In The Messages App In iOS 10

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The Messages app in iOS 10 comes with a slew of new features, some awesome like the image annotation, and some added for fun like the effects. Effects in Messages are Apple's way of trying to help people prevent misunderstandings over text messages. The effects allow you to animate the text bubbles in a conversation thread so that your recipient knows you're happy, or excited. You also have the option to add animated effects like falling confetti and balloons appear on your screen for when you want to congratulate someone or wish them Happy Birthday enthusiastically. Here's how to add an effect on devices both with and without 3D touch, and how to react to a message. Read More

How To Enable/Disable Effects In The Messages App In iOS 10

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When Apple showcased all the new features in iOS 10 at WWDC, the Messages app was demoed in great detail. A lot of new features have been added to this app that seemed to fare well with the WWDC crowd. The thing is, as of iOS 10, the Messages app is no longer the sensible, simple, texting app that it was. I personally loved the app because it was a no non-sense texting and that's what made it great. Apple feels differently and has added all sorts of effects to the app to make messages more 'expressive'. These effects come in the form of confetti or balloons raining down over your message, or your message jiggling or appearing bigger to show you're happy or excited. If you do not like the effects there is a simple way to turn them off. If you love the effects but can't get them to work on your device, here's a little setting to turn Off to fix the problem. Read More

How To Set An Auto Expiration Date For Google Drive Links

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Cloud drive services like Google Drive make sharing files and folders, and collaborating on them, incredibly easy. Google Drive has an entire suite of web apps built on top of Google Drive so that people can come together and work. When you share files and folders via Google Drive, you can restrict who has editing and viewing access. If at any time you want to revoke access to a file, you can edit and remove people easily enough. The process isn't automated and you have to remove people individually because Google Drive doesn't let you create auto-expiring links. To share files from Google Drive that expire automatically after a number of hours/days/weeks/months, you need a script called Set Expiration Dates for Google Drive Links. It's a simple little script developed by Amit Agarwal that does the job perfectly. Read More

How To View Instagram Stories In Chrome For The Desktop

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Instagram introduced stories a few days ago. It's a feature taken almost entirely from Snapchat  that lets users tell stories via multiple photos or videos. Like the feature in Snapchat, these stories disappear after 24 hours. Users can view stories from inside the Instagram app. The available stories are featured at the very top. The web interface for Instagram has not yet been updated to support stories and that means you can't watch them on your desktop. Chrome IG Story is a Chrome extension that makes this possible though. It adds available stories at the top of your feed just like in the app, and lets you play and download them. Read More

Find The Best Pokèmon To Evolve Using IV Stats In Pokèmon Go [Guide]

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Evolving Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go takes a long time for most of them. There are very few Pokèmon that can be evolved with a small number of candies. The only way to get candies is of course to catch the same Pokèmon again and again. Once you have the required number of candies you are ready to evolve your Pokèmon. The question is, with so many of the same Pokèmon, which one do you evolve? If you're not one for fighting battles and helping to take over gyms, then it won't matter but if you plan to evolve a Pokèmon  so that it lasts well in a fight, you need to figure out which is the best one to evolve. To do so, you need to figure out which Pokèmon of all the ones you've caught has the best defense, attack, and stamina stats. There is a science, a proper formula to this. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Disable Reachability In iOS

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When iOS 8 was released, the iPhone models accompanying its release were the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. These two sets were the largest ones in terms of screen size that Apple had released to date. It was because of the large screen size that iOS had to make it easy for people with smaller hands to use their phones without dropping them. Apple did this by adding 'Reachability' to iOS. Reachability is activated by double tapping the Home button. This brings the screen down to one-half of the display so that it is easier for smaller hands with smaller thumbs to reach. The feature only works on devices with Touch ID and can easily be activated by accident. In fact, it often is. If you don't need Reachability to comfortably use your device and find it more of a nuisance than anything, here's how you can disable it. Read More