Facebook Adds Stickers In Comments; This Extension Gets Rid Of Them

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Facebook has just rolled out a new feature; you can now use stickers in Comments. From what little exploring we've done, the feature works on posts by individuals and not yet on posts by pages. If you're wondering what these 'Stickers' are they are emoticons you can use in Facebook chat in addition to the normal smiley faces that you've grown familiar with. They feature popular characters like the Power Rangers and Pusheen. Like every new feature introduced by Facebook, we will naturally feel duty-bound to criticize this one. Thoughts like, 'What will my news feed look like now?' come to mind. Considering Facebook won't support GIFs, this is a fairly good feature. If you aren't too stoked about it though, there is a way to hide stickers from your comments: a Chrome and Firefox extension called Unsticker Me. The extension removes the cartoonish imprint and replaces it with just this text [Sticker] so you know what comment was posted by someone but don't actually have to look at it. Read More

Windows 10: Toggle The Start Screen And Start Menu From The Desktop

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Windows 10 brought back the Start menu and at the same time made it so that we would never ever accidentally swipe-switch to the Start Screen ever again. We talked briefly about how to enable one and disable the other in our Windows 10 features post. To do so, you have to open the Taskbar properties where there is a dedicated Start Menu tab. The 'Use Start menu instead of the Start screen' option toggles them. When the change is made, you have to be logged out of your system for it to take effect. If you prefer a much faster way of doing it, consider the right-click context menu on your desktop. A user at TenForums has developed a script that lets you add a toggle option to the context menu. It makes a change in the Windows Registry so if you're weary of such things, you might not like this solution. With the script, a user does not have to be logged out for the change to take effect making this process exceptionally faster than the default method. Read More

Photoshopped or Not? Three Ways To Tell If An Image Is Real Or Fake

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We live in a world where everyone has a camera touting smartphone. Kids are learning to photograph from a very early age and as they get older, they also learn to use Photoshop. Photoshop was at one time a sophisticated image editing tool still used extensively by designers. Today it has become both a verb and a tool to make up miracles and appear more physically appealing in photos. To put it bluntly, there are a lot of fake photos out there and Photoshop is the go-to tool used to create them. A few things are given; photos in magazines are always photoshopped. They're made brighter or darker to suit their purpose among other changes but how do you tell if a photo has been tampered with if it isn't in a magazine? Here are three very simple ways to check the integrity of a photo. Read More

Use Google Hangouts As A Stand-Alone Chrome Desktop App

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Google Hangouts replaced Gmail Chat and Gtalk a good while back. The Hangouts Chrome extension is what we use now in place of both though you can still chat inside Gmail even if you don't have the Hangouts extension installed. You can also find Gtalk on certain file hosting sites and use your Google account to sign in but Hangouts is now the face of Google's cat service. If you still want to use Hangouts as a desktop app complete with all its features, there's good news for Chrome users; Google has released a Chrome Desktop App for Hangouts. Our very first observation is that it is a bit Material Design-ish to look at with the floating button on the desktop but let's get a little deeper. Read More

What Is GIFV And What Does It Mean For You

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The Internet, and particularly the blogspher is talking about Imgur and the GIFV project. To the ordinary person who is fond of browsing r/gifs, or the Imgur gallery, this mean better quality GIFs but for people who create and upload these GIFs it is a much bigger deal. If you want to read about all the benefits of GIFV, we suggest you read the original Imgur post on the topic. For our part, we've simplified what GIFV is for you below. Read More

4 Free Tools To Create High Quality Animated GIFs

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Yesterday, Imgur users were all fixated on Project GIFV. Imgur is now supporting bigger GIF files and it turns out they play much faster, much smoother, and are a better quality altogether. I'm guessing the people at Imgur realized how crazy its user-base is about GIFs and decided to give them something to really go nuts about. Now that you have the means to share bigger, better GIFs using the most popular image sharing service, the only question that remains is, how do go about creating a super high quality GIF? Here are four tools that let you create great GIFs from your desktop, using online videos, images on your computer, or your webcam. Read More

Trigger Based Profile Switcher For Sound, Display, WiFi, & More [Android]

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Sound and WiFi profiles need to be changed depending on where we are. Both are changed so frequently that complex automating apps like Tasker aren't used and instead, apps dedicated to managing sound and WiFi profiles are sought, duly found, and used. SwiP - ProfileSwitcher  is an Android that doesn't just manage sound and WiFi profiles but gives you a whole set of other options for the state of Bluetooth switch, brightness, Display time out duration, and more. Each profile comes with triggers which can be location based, time based, battery charge or state based, or triggered by a headphone jack being plugged in. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Start Menu [Review]

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Windows 10 has brought back the Start menu and Windows users are all to familiar it but in Windows 10, it has a new look. It isn't just the old menu that we were all nostalgic about; once you begin using it you realize that the Start menu is a  comprehensive version of the Start screen and many features in it aptly reflect this. We've detailed all you need to know about this new Start menu below, what it has to offer, and what customization options are available. Read More

What’s New In Windows 10? We Cover 10 Features With Screenshots

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Mircosoft surprised a lot of people when it announced the  latest Windows instalment; the much anticipated Windows 9 that was expected to be announced had a surprising and very unexpected name; Windows 10. We can debate why Microsoft decided to skip a number but it will be pure speculation on our part. Instead, we took a look at the technical preview Microsoft made available through its Insider program. The new features sway more towards fixing everything wrong with Windows 8 and sees a very familiar feature, the Start Menu, make a comeback, complete with a facelift. Read More

Sortd Gives You A List Based Interface To Organize Emails [Chrome]

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We will never stop looking for new and better ways to manage our email. We have everything from folders, tags, email rules, sophisticated desktop email clients, to color coded labels and yet email is still a formidable part of everyday life. Sortd Smart Skin for Gmail is a Chrome extension that takes a rather fresh approach to email management; the lists approach. It lets you sort emails into lists and  comes with pre-added lists for 'To-Do', 'Follow Up', and 'List 1'. Of course users can add their own lists and duly sort their emails to them. Sortd is currently in Beta however, they are accepting new users daily. Read More

Automatically Mute The Audio Playing In All Inactive Tabs In Chrome

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One of the recent versions of Chrome added something absolutely wonderful to the browser; a sound indicator in the tab that tells you which tab is playing any sort of audio. This feature doesn't just work for YouTube videos or other embedded media players but also for those annoying video ads that play on their own making it very easy to identify the guilty tab. Mute Inactive Tabs is a Chrome extension that does something equally helpful in this regard; it mutes a tab playing any sound if it is inactive. Read More

Calc+: Edit Numbers & Functions Mid Calculation And Add Constants [Android]

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Calculators on our smartphones are a disappointment in everything except the design area. I know they get the job done but most work essentially like any old pocket calculator does. If you've made a mistake, tapped the wrong number, want to recall your last calculation, or  have entered an incorrect number in your haste, you will have to begin all over again. If I recall my scientific calculator which allowed me to save up to eight results to its memory, I realize how very basic and inadequate these stock apps are. Calc+ Powerful calculator is a calculator app that fills this glaring gap left by most apps; you can edit a number and a mathematical function any time. Long calculations are easy to follow, you can edit any number, clear it from the equation and even set constants that can be used any time. Read More

Clean All EXIF Data From Your Photos Before Sharing Them [Android]

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Cameras on phones have grown exceptionally sophisticated over time and not just in terms of photo quality but in terms of the digital data they can capture in addition to your photos. Date, location, compression, resolution, flash, exposure time, and more. If you've taken a photo with the Google camera app and made use of its blur feature then you know the image comes with additional information regarding depth and an entire depth map. All this means our phone cameras are great and super awesome but at the same time, they also give away information we might not want to share such as the location of where a photo was taken. It might not be as big a deal for photos that stay on our hard drives but for those we share, a little caution is always a good idea. Meet EZ UnEXIF Free (EXIF Remover), a free Android app that removes all the EXIF data in a photo and saves it as a copy or overwrites the original one, according to your preference. Read More

Sticky Notes Collector: Sync Website Specific Notes Across Computers [Chrome]

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Note taking apps or rather note taking extensions are both abundant and popular. Some have web services working at the back end while others store notes on your local drive. Sticky Notes Collector is a Chrome extension that lets you take notes and saves them on your local drive. The extension has a dashboard and each note you take is assigned a color when it is created. The colors help categorize the notes and clicking a note opens the website it was created on. The note is duly loaded on the site. While the extension stores notes online, it also gives you the option to sync them across different computers with your Google account. Read More

Panel Tabs: Separate Any Chrome Tab Into A Floating Panel

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Tabbed browsing is one of the greatest things to ever happen to internet browsers apart from development of Chrome and Firefox, of course. I wouldn't give my tabs up for anything, and all fifty of the ones I have open at the moment are special. That being said, I'd love an easier way to find an important or frequently visited tabs from the many that I have open. Panel Tabs is a Chrome extension that works with the experimental 'Panel' feature and it lets you separate any tab into a floating panel much like the one that Hangouts appears in with the added benefit that you can drag the panel to anywhere on the screen. Read More

HeadsUp: Get Android L Like Notifications With A Blacklist For Apps

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Interactive notifications are now a thing; iOS 8 has already come out with interactive notifications and Android L has previewed them as well dubbing them 'Heads Up notifications'. It's only a matter of time before they become more functional. Unlike iOS 8 which rolls out to all devices indiscriminately, Android users are not going to get Android L at the same time as it is made available on devices like the Nexus 5. Some users might end up waiting considerably long so an app is the only way to bridge this gap. Meet HeadsUp, a free Android app that gives you interactive notifications, priority management, and a blacklist to block app notifications. Basically, it's like Notific except it's free. Read More

Suggest Movie Searches For Movie By Year, Genre, & Rating [Android]

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We have talked about a lot of movie discovery services; Netflix Roulette and Moveinr are just two of them. What both these services have in common are that they web services meant to be used from a desktop browser, ideally. I don't doubt you could probably use Netflix Roulette on a mobile browser too but it leaves you wanting a simple app that does what these services do. Meet Suggest Movie, an a-supported free Android app that has basic year range, genre, and rating filters for finding a movie to watch. Read More

Everything Wrong With iOS 8 In 450 Words or Less

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We did a run down of killer features introduced by Apple in iOS since iOS 3 to date. We hoped to look at what great new features have been part of the offering that compels us to update to the next version. Likewise, it's up to us to look at the dark side of things and by dark side we mean the awful bugs that are currently plaguing iOS 8 users. These aren't the  simple bugs that you can overlook; they are recurring and annoying enough for Apple to promise iOS 8.0.1 to the masses in the near future. Take into consideration how long the company took to acknowledge the iPhone 5 had a faulty power button and offer a free fix for it and you know that the problems are real. So here it is, a brief overview of the bugs iOS 8 users are experiencing on various supported devices. Read More

iOS Killer Features Introduced Over The Years

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For many people, buying an iPhone 6 will be a decision to upgrade to a larger screen and a better camera, etc. For those who aren't buying a new phone, they will be upgrading their devices to iOS 8. Every new version of iOS has had quick and almost immediate adoption. In 2007 when the iPhone was first announced Apple aimed to sell one million units in a year. With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that same number has been achieved in a week. We are definitely still in love with Apple's amazing hardware but iOS upgrades aren't a matter of fandom and blind dedication to the company. They have always been about features; what does the new OS give you that's worth upgrading for and through the years, Apple has given us killer features in every single version of iOS to make it worth the upgrade. We revisit those killer features again to see if iOS 8 has delivered like its predecessors and what features in the latest version are going to push the upgrades. Read More

View Source Of Any Web Page In Safari With This iOS 8 Extension & App [Paid]

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For web developers, having access to a site's source is imperative. There is a convoluted method of viewing source natively, one that involves some degree of manipulation of javascript and favourites, OR we could just download View Source for iOS and call it a day. It's a new iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store and it's one of the newest apps to take advantage of extensions on iOS 8.  Needless to say, it won't work unless you have iOS 8. The app allows you to view the source of a web page on an iOS mobile device. The app lets you view source inside its own browser and also works as an extension for Safari so that you can view the source of any page you have open in it. Read More