How To Hide Sender Images In Gmail For iOS

Email apps have lots of subtle little ways to help you be more productive. Sometimes it's the way they show new emails in a thread and sometimes it's the little labels they automatically apply to important emails. The best email apps work proactively to help you identify and respond to important messages and Gmail is no different. One of its long standing features has been sender images. Whenever you receive an email, it is accompanied by the image associated with the sender's profile. The point is to make it easier to recognize who sent you a message but the images don't always show up. Often, you just get initials of the person who sent you the email. Gmail has now made it possible for users to disable sender images on iOS. Here's how. Read More

How To Create A Custom Vibration Alert For A Contact In iOS

iOS has long allowed users to record custom vibration patterns. These vibration patterns can be set for particular contacts so that, when you receive a call or message from them, it is easily distinguishable. By default, all contacts have the same ring tone and vibration pattern. If you often keep your phone on silent, a custom  vibration alert for an important contact is one of the easiest ways to tell when you get a message from them. Here's how you can create a custom alert for a contact in iOS. Read More

How To Hide Your ‘Active’ Status On Facebook Messenger

Facebook had made its Messenger app a stand alone chat application. Its recent updates are pushing it more towards being a better replica of Snapchat but it remains so that even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still use it. When you send a message to a contact over Facebook Messenger, it shows you whether or not said person is active. If said person is inactive, it shows you how long ago they were active. For everyone who has you added as a contact in Facebook Messenger, the very same information about you is available to them. If you find it too intrusive, you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

How To Check When And Where Your Netflix Account Was Last Used

A single Netflix account can be shared by two or more people depending on the type of account you have. The smallest subscription plan available restricts you to SD quality and viewing on one screen at a time. Other plans allow you to watch on up to 4 screens. It makes sharing a single account much easier. If you suspect your Netflix account is being shared between one too many people, people you haven't shared it with, there's a pretty simple way to check. Netflix lets you review your last watched activity on a per-profile basis. Not only can you tell if your account is being used by someone else but also through which profile, at which time, and on what device. Read More

This Is A Neat & Harmless Little Bug In iOS 10

iOS 10 has had its fair share of bugs. Everything from lock screen exploits to problems plaguing notifications have been observed by users who upgraded to iOS 10. Apple has been resolving the more problematic bugs through updates but the simpler, and unimportant ones, aren't likely to be resolved soon. One neat, and harmless, little bug in iOS 10 puts a single app in delete/edit mode. Here's how you can reproduce it on your own device. Read More

How To Fast Forward & Rewind A YouTube Video By Ten Seconds [Android]

YouTube has long had a forward and back button for jumping to the next or previous video in playlist. The forward button works outside playlists as well and allows you to play the next suggested video. As far as jumping forward or back within the same video goes, you can only use the seek bar to do so on iOS. On Android, YouTube has received an update that allows users to fast forward or rewind a video by exactly ten seconds. The feature is activated by double tapping the left edge of a video to go back, and the right edge to jump ahead. Read More

How To Prevent A User From Installing Or Running Extensions In Chrome

Windows users can be restricted from installing apps by an administrator. It's a fairly simple process that involves limiting permissions for a particular Windows account. For apps that a user does have access to, they normally have free rein to customize it. Chrome, for example, allows users to install extensions. If you want to stop a particular user from installing an extension or running any of the ones already installed, there's nothing in Chrome that lets you do so. A simple work around to the problem exists in the form of Windows folder permissions. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Directly Transfer Files Between Two Desktops From Your Web Browser

File sharing is a heavily saturated market but most file sharing apps and services work with an intermediate server. Your file is uploaded to an online server or 'cloud drive' and you share a link to it. The file is then downloaded from said server by your recipient. This method of sharing files has its advantages e.g., your recipient can download a file whenever they have time and you aren't bound to be online to send it to them. That said, many people still prefer a P2P transfer whereby your file is sent between two desktops. Take A File is a simple P2P file transfer service that lets you send files between two desktops all from your web browser. Read More

Listen To Slack Messages Read Aloud From Any Channel [iOS]

Slack is fast becoming an essential app for the workplace. It's especially great for remote teams but you can use it for just about any and all types of communication. There are quite a few useful bots and services built on top of Slack. TeamParrot is a free iOS app that reads your Slack messages out loud to you while you busy your hands doing other stuff. It's a pretty basic app that uses different voices for each person that's sent a message to a channel. Read More

This Tool Tells You Everything Your Browser Tells Websites About You

We all know websites collect information from us, either implicitly or explicitly. They get the information via the web browsers we use. You might not trust a shady looking website with your information but you will trust Chrome. The thing is, browsers are the information gateway that websites use. What every Browser knows about you is a web app that shows you the personal information stored by your browser. This information can be accessed by websites without you explicitly allowing them access to it. It also tells you what you can do about the information being freely available to websites. Read More

How To Disguise An iMessage As An Emoji

Technology is fast becoming an important tool that can aid people in times of distress. From discrete tracking to sending out distress messages, smartphones have become instrumental in helping people in danger. Camouflage Messaging is a free iMessages app that lets you send discrete iMessages disguised as emoji. The objective is to be able to send a message and not have to worry about someone else, possibly the person who is a threat to you, read it. It was developed to help people in abusive relationships send a message to friends or family asking for help. Read More

How To Chart Data On A World Map

If you have a boatload of data then a visual representation is the best way to showcase it. Data that shows worldwide trends or even country based trends are best shown using an actual map. These maps look good but you can't create them in Excel or Google Docs. Map In Seconds is a web app that simplifies the process of plotting data on a world map. It lets you paste data from a spreadsheet and maps it for you. The app has support for creating worldwide maps and smaller region based ones. Read More

Find Every Service Associated With Your Google Account

Google authentication is possibly one of the greatest things to happen to the internet. If you're signed into your Google account, you can sign up for any service that has Google Authentication with just a click. You don't have to think of a new username or remember a password for multiple services because there is one Google account to rule them all. It's all very convenient until you lose track of all the services you've signed up for and your inbox starts to clog with newsletters. Deseat.me is a web service that finds all apps and accounts that your Google account is associated with. It lets you decide which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to get rid off. It then directs you to the correct page for removing/deleting your account. Read More

How To Get A Remaining Battery Indicator In macOS 10.12.2

macOS 10.12.2 has removed the remaining battery indicator from the Menu Bar. Suffice to say that users aren't happy. It was a very useful little feature to have. Since Apple is removing most useful things from its products this is really just another casualty. The good news is that the battery indicator wasn't always a part of macOS. When the feature was underdeveloped by Apple, third-party developers were around to fill the gap. There are quite a few apps, paid and free, available that will add a remaining battery indicator back in the Menu Bar. CoconutBattery is a one awesome free app that you can try out. Read More

How To Get Slide To Shutdown On Windows 10

Windows 10 is built for both desktop and mobile. The Windows 10 UI differs between the desktop and tablet but there are also a few functional changes meant to make working on a tablet easier. One such difference is that Windows 10, on a tablet, has a neat slide to shutdown feature. It's basically you sliding a screen downward to initiate system shutdown and it looks pretty awesome. If you'd like to use it on your desktop for the fun of it, or because you have a touch screen, here's how you can get it via a desktop shortcut. Read More

How To Select Which Notes Appear In The Notes Widget [iOS]

With the arrival of iOS 10, the Notes app gained a widget. The widget was added as part of one of the incremental iOS 10 updates and was not part of iOS 10.0. Widgets, for those who don't know, were added in iOS 10 and they appear on the Spotlight search screen and on your lock screen. The Notes app and the widget don't have any settings specifically for the widget. The widget can show you up to three recent notes from your iCloud notes. If you want it to show notes from the 'On my iPhone' account, there doesn't seem to be a way to do that. The good news is, it's possible to select which account the Notes widget show notes from and it's rather simple. Read More

How To Create Groups In Snapchat

Snapchat has always been about one-on-one conversations. If there's something you want to share with multiple people, you can add it to your story for everyone to see. That's how it works; you either share something with your friends one-by-one, or you publicize it for everyone to see. To make sharing a story with select friends easier, Snapchat has (finally) introduced groups. You can create a group of sixteen friends and share a story with them all at once. Here's how you can create groups in Snapchat. Read More

How To ‘Save’ An Instagram Post From Your Feed

Instagram has slowly been adding Snapchat like features with past updates. It's made a somewhat decent effort at mimicking these feature. For the most part, Instagram has focused on new features without making any improvements to how it works. The UI might have changed but the functionality is more or less the same as it was since the app was first released. In a recent update, Instagram has finally added a feature aimed at improving the user experience; a bookmark feature. Users can now save posts they like to their account. Here's how it works. Read More

Get An Alert When You Turn Caps Lock On/Off In macOS

The Caps key is precariously placed between the Shift and Tab keys. Both are used often. The Caps key also roughly sits next to the letter A key. All three are used quite often but the same cannot be said for the Caps key. If you often accidentally strike the Caps key on your Apple keyboard, you only find out about it when you start typing. Captin is a free macOS app that gives you an HUD alert and a sound alert when you turn Caps On/Off. The app is feature rich with a Dock icon and a menu bar icon that indicates the state of the Caps key. Here's how it works. Read More

Remove The Netflix Next Episode Countdown & Are You Watching Prompt [Chrome]

It is perfectly normal for Netflix users to binge watch a series. Many series, the ones that aren't original Netflix titles, are made available only after a complete season has aired. It lends to even more binge-watching. Netflix, for some reason, doesn't believe a single person can binge-watch an entire season of Breaking Bad. If you let your screen sit idle for too long or you've been watching too long it asks you if you're still watching. Additionally, between two episodes of the same series, there is a countdown that runs before the next episode plays. You can skip it but it would be better if it weren't there to begin with. Flex Assist is a Chrome extension that lets you remove the Netflix next episode countdown as well as the are you still watching prompt. Read More