How To Enable Silent Notifications For An App In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 has made considerable feature and UI changes to notifications. The notifications in Android 7.0 are now grouped together by the app they are from. This has removed the long list of notifications that just filled the notifications panel up. A quick reply feature has been added so that users  can reply to messages and emails from a notification and priority levels have been introduced to keep unimportant notifications from interrupting you. Priority levels for notifications is an experimental feature and it appears to be working well. If you aren't too keen on using an experimental feature to manage notifications you can instead use silent notifications. Silent notifications are set on a per-app basis. A silent notification will make no sound, will not vibrate, and cannot be peaked into. Here's how to set an app to deliver silent notifications. Read More

How To Customize The Display Size In Android 7.0

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Large HD screens have become a feature that phones and tablets alike compete on. Users factor in the pixel density and the physical size of a screen when they buy a device. A larger screen means you can view more content on it and a better display means everything looks better. Of course sharper displays mean the app icons and the text appear much smaller. Android 7.0 comes with a display size customization feature that lets you zoom in on your display. The feature essentially enlarges text and app icons making them easier to navigate. Here's how to customize the display size in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Enable And Set Power Notification Control Levels For Apps In Android 7.0

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All notifications are not created equal and Android 7.0 lets you prioritize the visibility of a notification on a per-app basis. Power Notification Control is an experimental feature for now but you can easily enable it. Giving an app's notifications a lower or higher priority will determine how you receive notifications from the app. An app with very low priority levels will not show a notification in the status bar while an app with a high priority level will be able to show notifications even when Do not disturb is enabled or when you're using a different app in full screen mode. The point is to choose which apps can interrupt you when you're busy with certain tasks on your phone, and which ones can't. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Set A Different Wallpaper For The Lock Screen And Home Screen In Android 7.0

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For a long time now, Android has had a one-wallpaper-to-rule-them-all policy. This doesn't mean all Android users are forever stuck using the same wallpaper with no option to change it. Instead, it means the wallpaper you set for your home screen will also be set for your lock screen. On the surface of it, this looks like a pretty reasonable limitation. When you unlock your screen and transition to the home screen, the wallpaper not changing makes the transition look much smoother. If however, you want to set a different wallpaper for the home screen and the lock screen, you finally have the option to do so in Android 7.0. Here's how. Read More

How To Block All Calls And Messages From A Number In Android 7.0

Call blocking is a feature that older feature phones, and many smart phones have long supported. Call blocking has come and gone in various Android versions in the past. With Android 7.0, it's made a comeback and it is easily smarter than anything else in the smartphone market. Call blocking in Android 7 works globally i.e. a blocked number cannot call or text you over the regular phone/messaging app and it will also block all calls and messages from a number over any and all messaging apps you have installed on your device. Here's how to block a number in Android 7.0. Read More

How To View Two Chrome Tabs Side By Side In Android 7.0

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Android 7 comes with a neat little split view that allows you to pin two apps side by side. The two apps that are pinned can be used simply by tapping them making multitasking on an Android device very easy. Tablet users might get more out of the feature since they have a larger screen to work with. The feature is awesome and Chrome is built to take even more advantage of it. You can pin any two Chrome tabs side by side and switch between them like they were two separate apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Skip The Egg Hatching Animation In Pokèmon Go

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The first egg you hatch in Pokèmon Go will be a truly exciting point in the game for you. It's a milestone that you hit pretty early on. The mystery as to which Pokèmon you will hatch is there as is the hope that you might hatch something rare, depending on the type of egg you're hatching. My first egg hatch was a Magikarp and it helped me adjust to the disappointment that can come with hatching eggs. It's annoying hatching an egg that gives you a useless Pokèmon but it's even more annoying when you're in the middle of catching a Pokèmon and the 'Oh?' screen comes up. Your egg might hatch but the Pokèmon you're trying to catch might get away. Here's how you can skip it if it pops up at an untimely moment. Read More

Create And Share Your Own Message Via The Stranger Things Letter Wall

Stranger Things is a hit Netflix series that is just one season in and possibly one of the best modern sci-fi shows you can watch. We're not going to give away any spoilers for the show if you're still watching the first season so it's safe to continue reading. There's a pretty awesome scene in Stranger Things episode 3 where a wall is painted with letters and Christmas lights are strung atop of them. The lights and letters are used to spell out a message one letter at a time. It's pretty awesome and Netflix has released a little web app that lets you create your very own letter wall message to share as a GIF. Read More

How To Use Split View In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 comes with a pretty neat split view that lets you pin two apps side by side. Both apps remain active and you can switch between using the two. The split view works in both portrait and landscape mode. In portrait mode, the two apps you choose to pin appear stacked with one on top of the other. In landscape mode, they appear side by side as they would if you were on a desktop. One app acts as the default active app while the other is one in several active/recent apps that you can choose from. Here's how to use the split view in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Data Saver In Android 7.0

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Apps refresh constantly in the background. Not all apps need to periodically fetch fresh data but some of the most frequently used apps are active in the background. Facebook and your email app are two obvious examples that come to mind. Background refresh makes it so that content loads faster when you open an app but it can tax your data plan. If you're on the go and want to conserve data usage, Android 7.0 will let you restrict background data usage by apps. The feature comes in the form of a simple switch you can toggle on/off from the Notifications area. You can restrict apps from refreshing in the background and you can also white list the important ones. Here's how. Read More

How To Add And Access Emergency Information From The Lock Screen In Android 7.0

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Phones have long had an ICE feature back from when they were simple feature phones and not smart phones. As iOS and Android took over the smartphone market, the feature soon disappeared. In old feature phones, this was little more than a phone number that was to be called in case there was an emergency. With smartphones, an emergency contact sheet can be all the more useful. Apple officially included a Medical ID in iOS 8 that allowed anyone to access critical medical and contact information from a locked iOS device. With Android 7.0, Google has introduced Emergency Information; it's a new feature that lets you set emergency points of contact as well as enter basic medical information such as blood group, allergies, medication, and organ donor status, so that it can be accessed from the lock screen. Here's how to add the information and access it from the lock screen. Read More

How To Add A Lock Screen Message In Android 7.0

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Smartphones contain a lot of sensitive information. In addition to contact details, sensitive emails, addresses, and access to social media accounts, smartphones also contain credit card information. Services like Google Wallet mean your phone isn't just a communication device but also a means of getting into your bank account. Naturally, you'll want to lock it so that it's harder for anyone to access it should you lose the device or it gets stolen. In the event that you lose it and someone wants to return it to you, they won't know where to send the device. On Android phones, you can't ask Siri who a phone belongs to but if you're running Android 7.0, you can add a quick point of contact on your screen. The latest version comes with a feature to add a message to the lock screen. This could be your phone number, your home or office address, or your email. Read More

How To Limit The Upload And Download Speed In OneDrive

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Cloud drives are great until they start syncing large files to the cloud or your desktop and consume all your bandwidth in the process. Very few cloud drives will let you choose the order in which to sync files, none let you specify a time when files should be synced since they prefer live syncing, and very few will let you limit how much bandwidth it can use when syncing files. Fortunately, OneDrive is one of the apps that let you limit its bandwidth usage. You can limit both the apps upload and download speed provided you're running build 17.3.6517.0809 or above of the app. Read More

How To Send Downloads From Firefox To An External App

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Modern browsers have basic download managers built into them. They may not be feature rich but they get the job done. That said, people often use dedicated download manager apps as opposed to the built in download manager in their browser. If you use Firefox to browser the web but prefer to use a different app to handle downloads, Download with is a free Firefox add-on you should check out. It lets you send any download to your preferred app from the 'Save' prompt. You can send the download to a download manager, a torrent client, or even a different browser like Chrome. Read More

Move Files From Downloads To A Different Location Based On File Type

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The Downloads folder can turn into a cluttered mess if you don't purge it regularly. Not only is a large Downloads folder difficult to manage, finding files in it is always going to be a problem. If you're looking to automate moving files from the Downloads folder to a more meaningful location, e.g. moving all images to the Pictures library, you can do so with a simple Python script. This script in question was developed by Reddit user grigby. It lets you choose the origin and destination folders to move files from/to. You can choose which file type will be moved to which folder making this one script work for multiple file types. Here's how to set it up. Read More

How To Use OneDrive To Search Images And Documents By The Text In Them

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OneDrive is built right into Windows 8 and 10. In fact, recent Windows 7 updates brought more or less the same experiences to the older OS. OneDrive offers a reasonable amount of storage space and given it's part of the OS, it has a few advantages over other cloud drives that have desktop apps for the platform. It also has a very neat feature; optical character recognition. It's what lets apps read text in images and documents that don't have editable text e.g. PDF files. Apart from OCR, OneDrive can search text inside a document or even a text file. This means the poorly named vacation photos in your camera roll and the documents that you didn't name correctly are easier to find based on their content. The search feature is available for both the desktop apps and the iOS and Android apps. Read More

Here’s A Complete List Of How Much XP Is Earned For Each Action In Pokèmon Go

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Leveling up in Pokèmon Go gets harder with each successive level. When you first start out, you only need 1000 XP, 2000 XP, 3000 XP etc to advance to the next level. It's so easy you will never even run out of Pokèballs between levels. The required XP to level up increases with every level. By the time you've reached Level 20, you need 50,000 XP to get to level 21. You can go about this by simply playing the game at your own leisurely pace and racking up the XP as you earn them, or you can get serious about it. Almost everything you do in Pokèmon Go earns you XP but not everything. To level up faster, target in-game actions that will give you the highest XP. Here's a complete list of all actions you can perform in the game and how much XP you earn from each one. Read More

How To Set Default Audio Output To 5.1 Surround Sound In VLC Player

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VLC player supports 5.1 surround sound provided you've got the right hardware and drivers installed. You also need your source audio/video to be compatible with 5.1 audio output. Given you have all that and VLC doesn't automatically play audio in 5.1 and instead just defaults to your stereo speaker settings you're not going to be able to get much benefit out of your superior speakers. The good news is that you can force VLC to always play audio in 5.1 surround sound. To set this as a default, you have to go digging a little deeper into VLC's preferences. Here's what to do. Read More

Disable The CSS On AskReddit To Get Around The Bot Username Prank

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The mods of popular subreddit AskReddit are playing a rather amusing prank at the moment. Every single post and comment appears to have been posted by the same user 'bot'. It's likely a prank that's based on helpful yet often times confused Reddit bots that join a conversation thread. The prank is pretty harmless and if you go to any other subreddit or if you go to the front page, your username and that of other users will appear as it is. If you're having trouble following conversations as  result of this prank, the solution is pretty simple; disable the CSS on the subreddit. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Tab Specific Zoom Levels In Chrome

Chrome has a zoom feature that applies to all tabs you've got open. It's universally applied to all tabs from the same domain that you have open. Once you've zoomed in on a page and you can't zoom in on a per-tab basis. This is problematic for users who might need to zoom in on certain pages that are difficult to read but not on others. Some users selectively use zoom because they have a visual impairment while some websites make it necessary to use because they are designed poorly. It is, therefore, annoying when you have to zoom in all tabs from a particular domain instead of just the one you need. To remedy this, you can use a Chrome extension called W Zoom that lets you set zoom levels in Chrome on a per-tab basis. Read More