What Free Upgrade To Windows 10 Means For You

windows-10-free-upgrade
The Windows 10 event was huge and not just because it listed a lot of new changes that are to be implemented in the next Windows 10 build or because of Cortana but also because of the HoloLens announcement and the news that Windows 10 will be free for everyone running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. I'm still very excited about the HoloLens preview and the mind blowing Minecraft integration shown but apart from that this news of the free upgrade is a major point of interest for me, and possibly for many other people. Here's a look at what the announcement means for both consumers and for Windows as a product. Read More

How To Use WhatsApp From The Desktop

WhatsApp_QR_code
In May 2013, Viber released desktop clients for both Windows and Mac along side a feature called ViberOut which allows users to hand off a call from their mobile devices to their desktops. A good year later, WhatsApp has rolled out something to that same effect. WhatApp conversations can now be held from your desktop. Their solution isn't as flexible as what Viber had to offer. To begin with, there is no desktop app; the conversations are to be held over a web interface (linked at the end) and for now, only the Chrome browser is supported. Like with Viber, your connection is still tied to your phone and the phone number registered with the app. You will have to upgrade your current WhatsApp app and unfortunately, iOS will not get this new feature (yet?). The present offering is available for Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Nokia S60. Read More

Give Ethernet Higher Priority Over WiFi Connection In Windows 10

change adapter settings
Long before routers were the default way to connect to the internet, when we had dial-up modems that were louder than car alarms, and wireless connectivity just wasn't something your system had because it was a tower PC, we had the choice to select which connection, of those available, Windows should connect with. I can still remember the havoc I caused because I didn't know what it was for and played around with it more than anyone would normally need to. Today, WiFi is the preferred way to connect to the internet simply because there are no restraining wires involved and it's super easy. That said, laptops still come with Ethernet ports and they are still used to connect to the internet sometimes being preferred over WiFi. It's common enough to see people connected to an Ethernet network when at their desk but still preferring to keep the WiFi switch on so that they don't lose internet connectivity when they have to step away. If you're in a similar situation, here is how you can tell Windows 10 to always connect to the internet over the Ethernet network when it's available and only switch to a WiFi network when the cable is disconnected. Read More

Create A Color Scheme Centered Around A Single Color Of Your Choice

Coolors_lock
Just last week we reviewed Sip for iOS; the newly released partner app for the color picking tool of the same name available for Mac. We compared it to Adobe Color in terms of feature and functionality. A brand new arrival in the same niche is Coolors, a free iOS app that generates random color schemes. You can cycle through the many schemes it has to offer, or you can enter any color code and have the app suggest colors to go with it. Once you've settled on a scheme, you can export it over email, as a PDF, a URL, or a PNG file. Read More

This Interactive Chart Uses Custom Filters To Find The Right Laptop

Laptop_Comparison_Chart
Back in 2013, we reviewed an excellent service called Swogo that helped people find the perfect laptop on a budget. Since then, the service and the company itself has gone a different direction and to this day, I haven't found anything nearly as good to take its place. Apps and services do exist that help you narrow your choice in the kind of laptop you might want to buy but they fall short of what Swogo offered back in 2013. Product Comparison Chart is a web app that can finally take its place. Not only does it let you find the perfect laptop but also the perfect smartphone. Surprisingly it doesn't cater to the tablets market but we're not complaining. The app offers a rich search criteria that has plenty of filters you can customize as per your need and the results are sorted by price.You can set the RAM, CPU, Resolution, screen size, and much more. Read More

39 Best Chrome Extensions Of The Year 2014

Chrome_extensions-2014
Extensions have long been stretching the functionality our browsers have to offer us. Branching past productivity, extensions add convenience and even customization as well as lending us a new way to interact with our favorite services. Chrome users have a very large web store to download apps and extensions from, provided you have the patience to go through the long list of them and the search feature finds something relevant for you. That said, here are the 39 best Chrome extensions we reviewed this past year. Read More

Disable MS Office 2013 Start Screen & Always Open Blank Documents

MS-office_ss_disable
MS Office 2013 is without argument the most polished face the productivity suit has ever had, to date. It's an obvious outcome of it being around for years and being improved upon. That said, I don't always like the new start screen in Office 2013 which stalls the actual program being launched. I use Word quite often and I'm still in the habit of launching it from the taskbar and immediately being able to start typing or at times, pasting text. The start screen is often an unnecessary extra step for me and at times very annoying. For anyone in the same boat, there is a simple solution to this problem and that is to disable the start screen. It's an option that can be exercised on a per-app basis for the Office Suit and is very easily reversible. Read More

32 Best Web Apps Of The Year 2014

web-apps-2014
Whether you use a Windows PC or a Mac, or the less popular Linux, there is one thing that knows no borders, or platform restrictions and that's the wonder world wide web. Specifically, we mean web apps that let us do so much, often for free, without ever needing to install so much as a plug-in on our systems. These web apps range from the simple ones that help us find music or a nice movie to watch over the weekend, to far more complex ones that can help us solve maths problems. Here is our round-up of the best web apps we found and reviewed in 2014. Read More

Get The Meaning For Any Word In Subtitles By Clicking On It

medio_meaning
Media players, those that come pre-installed on our systems and the third-party ones we install, can all play video files complete with subtitles. The more sophisticated players will let you change how these subtitles appear on your screen so you have a better viewing experience. Many will support language detection, still more will even offer to search for and download subtitles for you. Medio is a video player that lets you play subtitles with one special offering you won't normally find; it lets you look up what a word in the subtitles means. Subtitles are most helpful for people who don't understand the language being spoken and can be a pretty good learning tool if you're trying to learn a new language but that doesn't mean the words in the subtitles will be easy to understand. Medio caters to this need. Read More

Create Color palettes On Your iPhone And Sync To Your Mac

sip_camera
Sip is an amazing Mac app released in 2012 that lets you pick colors from your screen and can convert them to 12 different color formats. By far, it's one of my favorite and highly recommended utilities for anyone working on web or app design on a Mac. The developer has now released an iOS version of this amazing app, it's free and I couldn't help but take it for a spin. Sip Color is very close to what Adobe Color (formerly Adobe Kuler) had to offer when it first launched. You can create an account and back-up your color schemes to the cloud so that it's also available on your Mac (provided you have Sip Pro installed). You can extract a color scheme either from live camera input, or from a picture in your camera roll. Read More

New Features In Firefox 35 For Desktop And Android

ff-35-banner
Firefox 35 was made available on the release channel yesterday and it's not a very big update. The biggest feature to come out of this update is a chat room-like interface for Firefox Hello that lets you share a link and wait for someone to join the conversation. This is definitely an improvement for the feature. The new version also puts the Firefox Marketplace in easier reach with a brand new button. On Android, the major addition is that downloads can now be tracked through Android's download manager, and a search box has been added to the network error page. There are minor other improvements with bits on offer for developers but nothing major. Read More

Remove Your Name Badge From The Top Right Corner Of Chrome

chrome_name
Chrome looks different this morning. It's obviously received an update and this update comes with a nice new account manager, and a guest account feature. The new feature and the new profile manager look good, once you have them open, I'm not too wild about the profile icon changing to read my name, and that it now sits next to the minimize, maximize, and close buttons of the Chrome window. All I foresee happening to me is an increase in incidents of accidental clicks and doing things I never meant to do. On top of all this it looks terrible with the otherwise clean interface that we've loved in Chrome for so long. Dare I say it but it looks like Firefox with the Menu bar enabled. Chrome kind of fixed something that wasn't broken. It's also decided to use the profile picture associated with the Google account that's currently signed in to Chrome as the new user profile icon. However, for anyone not happy with either of these visual changes you can revert back to the old UI. Here's how. Read More

Control Your Desktop From iPhone or iPad With Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome_Remote_Desktop
Chrome is by far the most popular web browser in the world. Where it's really fast, it's also pretty simple to use and because it has such a huge market share any features it offers automatically have a large user base off the bat. A good long while back, Chrome came out with remote desktop support that would allow users to access and control other connected desktops, remotely. The connection was established through the Chrome browser. In April of last year, a Chrome Remote Desktop Android app was released so that you could connect to a computer from your tablet or phone. The same Chrome Remote Desktop has now been released for iOS and it couldn't come at a better time than when we have larger iPhones. It does not require a jailbroken device, and it's absolutely free with complete mouse and keyboard control. Here's our review. Read More

Add Animated GIF Patterns To Your Photos & Videos

Gifx_add_mask
GIFs, more than enough has been written on this wonderful format and the images created in it but here we are writing a bit more. Meet Gifx, a free iOS app that lets you add GIF patterns to your photos to make them look cool. The app offers a free pack of GIFs to get you started, and a few more patterns in exchange for leaving a review on the App Store, and following it on Instagram. It's basically fusing a GIF with any photo you might take. With the free version of the app though you can only save the final output in MP4 format and it comes with a watermark . To save it as a GIF, you have to buy any sort of upgrade the app has to offer. It also restricts the quality of the video you can save to just low quality. You can mask a GIF and add multiple GIFs in layers. Read More

10 Best Mac Apps For The Year 2014

mac-apps-2014
2014 was a slow year for us as far as Mac apps were concerned. We found some really great ones though, and with the year over, we went back to see which were the best of them all. The list is short, but it's got some great apps, some to boost your productivity, and some to make your Mac look a little better. Check out our round-up for last year. Read More

Enable And Disable ‘Seen’ Report In Google Hangouts

hangouts_seen
I'm not entirely sure when this happened but jumping on to the bandwagon that prevents us from ignoring the people who IM us, Google has added the dreaded 'Seen' status report to Google Hangouts. When you read a message from a contact, they will know you've read it. The Chrome app, extension, Gmail Hangouts interface, and the Android app have been effected received the update. To be fair, you get proper warning of the new feature being enabled and unlike Whatsapp, Google Hangouts lets you disable it. Here's how to do that in your browser, and on your Android device. Read More

58 Top Tips & Tutorials Of The Year 2014

tips_tutorials-2014
This past Monday we gave you a list of the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014. To start the weekend off, and maybe give you something you might want to try over the weekend, here are the best tips and tutorials covered in 2014. Ranging from simple little tricks for your smartphone, to far more complicated tutorials or running Windows on a Mac, this list features how-tos for the Android, iOS, Windows, and the OS X platform. Read More

How To Open A Website As A Stand Alone App In Chrome

chrome_switch_app
Back in October, Google released Hangouts as a stand alone application that could run in your browser. It was made well enough and could effectively substitute the Hangouts extension we all normally use. Some online apps, and there are very few of them, can launch themselves as separate stand alone apps in Chrome. Basically, it's a web page open in a Chrome window sans any tabs. A common example is when you receive a desktop alert from Chrome for a new email, and reply to it from notification itself. Because Chrome can run a web page as s stand alone app, it begs the question, can you force it to do so for a particular app? The answer is yes, and all you need is simple switch. Read More

Fixing The ‘iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone’ Error

itunes-error
Backing up, and syncing data to your iOS device from a PC or Mac is really easy and taking a regular back-up is a great idea. That said, it's not always an error free experience and the 'iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone' error is one of the more common ones to occur when you connect your iOS device to your system. What's more is that once you start getting this error, it appears repeatedly. It prevents your phone from charging and from syncing which means no backups can be taken and no music can be synced to your device. It's not the most pleasant of errors but here are a few ways for you to try and fix it. Read More