Set Out Of Office Reply For Messages Sent To Your Facebook Page

Facebook introduced bots last year and a lot of pages quickly created them to always appear online. If you feel a bot doesn't do the trick for your particular type of page then you should try using automated responses instead. Facebook pages have a built-in feature for setting automatic replies. You can set one for when someone first messages your page, or for when you are away. Here's how to set up an automatic response to messages sent to your Facebook page. Read More

Allow Calls And Messages From A Contact To By-Pass Do Not Disturb In iOS

Do Not Disturb mode lets you have a good night's sleep free of interruptions from your phone. It comes in handy during meetings when even a vibrating phone might be a source of annoyance. Of course, you can't ignore all calls and messages. There are always some calls and messages you cannot ignore like ones from mom. The good news is Do Not Disturb lets you white-list contacts and allow their calls to go through even when the mode is enabled it. Here's how you can allow a contact to by-pass Do Not Disturb in iOS. Read More

How To Change The Country Or Region For Your Apple ID

An Apple ID is region specific. It works only for the regional/country store it was created for. The App Store apps on both iOS devices and Macs detect which store an Apple ID was created for and switch you to it. The point is to control the geographical distribution of apps. For example, Pokèmon Go was initially only available in the US App Store. Users residing outside the US had to create a new Apple ID for the US store (if they didn't already have one) to download it. This works fine if you don't mind having multiple Apple IDs and if you don't intent to make an purchases in the App Store. If instead you'd like to change the country or region for your Apple ID instead of creating a new one, there's a pretty simple way to do just that. Be warned that this will require a credit card that works in the country/region you want to switch to. Read More

35 Best Web Apps And Tips Of 2016

Web apps continue to get more and more sophisticated every year. A lot of powerful desktop apps that were essential a decade ago are now easily replaceable by web apps. If you stop to think about it, your browser and a Netflix subscription is really all you need to get rid of your TV which isn't just an app but an entire device. Of course, if browsers weren't more powerful, developing these web apps wouldn't be possible. Developers continue to build better more powerful apps for the web and for browsers alike. Here are the best web apps and tips we covered in 2016. Read More

How To Back Up And Restore The Start Menu Layout In Windows 10

The Start Menu lets you pin apps so that they are easier to access. You can group them together and manage the size of the tiles as well as the width of the Start Menu. It might take a little time to set it up but it's worth it. Pinned tiles on the Start menu make it exponentially easier to access apps and folders you use often. After devoting so much time arranging tiles on the Start menu, it would be a shame if something were to happen to it. A fresh Windows installation or a bad update can rearrange the tiles on the Start menu. The good news is, your Start menu tile layout is something you can back up if you know where the files are. Here's how you can back up and restore the Start menu layout in Windows 10. Read More

How To Add Custom Tiles To Quick Settings In Android

Android 6.0 and later has a neat Quick Settings panel in the Notifications shade. The Quick Settings panel comes with a few preset toggles that let you toggle Bluetooth, WiFi, and screen orientation lock. Android has not made the Quick Settings panel OS exclusive and users can add or remove tiles to them. To add custom tiles, users need to download an app that will add the tile they want. These apps are available in abundance in the Google Play Store. Here'w how you can add custom tiles to Quick Settings In Android. Read More

How To Disable Animations In Android [No Root]

Animations are a cosmetic feature that make an OS look cooler. Animations fill transition actions i.e. when you switch from one app to the other, an animation makes the switch look smoother. Animations are part of all operating systems; Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. They do look neat and contribute to the finesse of the UI but they also drain your battery. An excellent example of this is the parallax effect in iOS which was a huge battery drain. Android is no different; it too has animations to fill the transition gaps and make the OS appear more fluid. These animations drain the battery like any other animation would. Here's how you can disable animations in Android. Read More

How To Copy The Title & URL Of All Open Tabs In Firefox

Sharing online content is pretty easy; just about every website and blog comes equipped with share widgets. The share widgets let you share content to social media or email it to a friend. It's safe to say that sharing one link is pretty easy but sharing multiple links isn't. If you have lots of tabs open that you want to share with someone the way to do it involves a lot of clicks. You will have to copy and paste the links for each tab into a chat window or an email. Open tabs to clipboard is a Firefox add-on that simplifies all that. It can copy the title & URL of all open tabs to your clipboard ready to be shared. Read More

Change The Behavior Of The Function Keys Based On Active App [macOS]

A standard Apple keyboard, whether bought separately or attached to your Macbook has a row of function keys at the top. This row of keys is standard on almost all keyboards. Like all keyboards, these keys have dual functions. The keys can quit apps or open help menus and they can mute/unmute your Mac among other things. Because the keys perform dual functions, a 'Fn' modifier key tells the keyboard what function to perform. You can set the keys to always act as Function keys or to always act as media keys. Fluor is a free Mac app that changes this behavior on the fly. You can pre-define the behavior of the keys on a per-app basis. Fluor will detect which is the active app, and change the behavior accordingly. Read More

How To Prevent Chromecast From Being Hijacked On A Shared Network

Chromecast is a budget-friendly device that makes an ordinary TV or monitor far more useful. Because it is budget friendly, you will often find it in use in dorms and hotels where the WiFi is shared. The thing about a Chromecast is that when it's connected to a shared network, everyone on that network can cast to it. If you're in college and have your Chromecast connected to the dorm's WiFi, anyone else connected to it can easily hijack it and cast content of their choice. To prevent Chromecast from being hijacked on a shared network, you have to create a private network, turn it into a hotspot, and connect your Chromecast to it. It may sound complicated and if you Google the process you might think you need to buy an extra router. There's an easier way. Read More

How To Change The PowerShell Execution Policy

PowerShell is pretty powerful tool and as Peter Parker will tell you; with great power comes great responsibility. This powerful tool can be used to harm your system if you aren't careful how you use it. Specifically, harmful PowerShell scripts, if allowed to run, can break something. This is precisely why PowerShell restricts running scripts. It has several layers of security that can be applied which restrict all scripts or just unsigned and unverified scripts. If you're unable to run a PowerShell script that you are sure is safe, then you need to change the PowerShell execution policy in order to do so. Here's how. Read More

How To Open PowerShell In A Specific Location In Windows 10

PowerShell comes pre-installed in Windows 10. You can access it from the Power User menu or you can search for it via Cortana. Both Windows 7 and 8 did not have PowerShell by default. Although Windows 10 has PowerShell, it hasn't integrated it the same way as it has Command Prompt. You can open a Command Prompt window anywhere, in any location/folder, by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking inside it. The context menu will have an 'Open Command window here' option but nothing similar exists for PowerShell. Here's how you can open PowerShell in a specific location in Windows 10. Read More

Fix ‘Unknown Or Invalid Marker’ Error When Opening An Image In Photoshop

Photoshop supports just about all popular, and a few obscure image file formats. For files that Photoshop can't open or edit, Adobe has developed Illustrator. Between these two apps, you'd be hard pressed to find an image you can't open and edit. The thing is, that a file must open in order for you to edit it. Photoshop at times fails to open PNG, JPG, or GIF files and generates the, 'unknown or invalid marker' error. This error appears for perfectly normal files that open in your browser without a problem. The 'Unknown Or Invalid Marker' error is caused by an incorrect file extension being used with the image. The error message alone doesn't offer much help but the fix is very simple; correct the file extension. Read More

How To Find The Dimensions Of A Layer Or An Element In Photoshop

Photoshop lets you draw shapes. You can freely draw shapes or your can enter their exact dimensions. Geometric shapes are hardly ever a problem but the same doesn't hold true for non-geometric shapes. Photoshop has quite a few drawing tools so you will most likely have lots of different layers and elements in a single file that aren't geometric. At times, you might need to find out the dimension of everything in a layer or just the dimensions of a single element. It's pretty easy to find out if you know where to look. Read More

Check If Your LinkedIn Profile Picture Is Good Or Needs Improvement

LinkedIn remains the most popular social network for professionals. Despite its problems with spam, it is still the preferred way for professionals to connect. At its core, the network is meant to be your professional introduction. Potential employers can look up your work history, your skill set, and find the quickest way to get in touch with you. Your profile gives you a lot of space to show you are personable through your professional summary, your cover photo, and your profile photo. People differ in opinion on what is a professional and suitable photo to use on LinkedIn. If you want an objective opinion on your own LinkedIn profile picture, give the Snappr Photo Analyzer app a try. Read More

This App Helps You Find Your Lost AirPods [iOS]

AirPods, as a concept, are pretty neat. Practically, we all know people will lose at least one of the AirPods from the pair. Apple already has a replacement program in place to ease the pain; you can have a lost AirPod replace for $59. Accessories are already popping up to help you hang on to your AirPods longer before you inevitably lose one. Finder for Airpods is a $ 3.99 app, available in the App Store, that lets you find your lost AirPods. You must be running iOS 10.1 or above to use this app. Update: Apple has removed this app from the App Store. Read More

Get Notifications When There Is A New Google Doodle Game

Google uses doodles to mark noteworthy historical or major global events. During the Olympics, Google had a new game-doodle for every day of the event. Google doodles, when they're just bits of art are neat in themselves but Google does add a game every now and then. If you usually find out about a a play-able doodle through someone else, or when it's too late, you'll be glad to know that's about to stop. Google, through its Google app for Android, now lets you enable notifications when there is a new doodle available. Here's how to turn them on. Read More

5 Best MS Office Tips Of 2016

With 2016 at an end, we're looking back at the best tips and tricks we reviewed. MS Office still remains one of the most popular productivity suite of apps. It's so feature rich that you'd be surprised at how many features you don't know about. Microsoft continues to add features on occasion to the apps in Office. It's also flexible enough that existing features can be tweaked to make the apps more productive. Here are the five best MS Office tips we reviewed in 2016. Read More

How To Make The Windows 10 Taskbar Translucent

Windows users have been modifying and tweaking the OS's interface since forever. Microsoft has always been very flexible about allowing users to do whatever they like to the OS. Developers, likewise, rise to the challenge and ensure that if you want your cursor to look like a tiny dinosaur, it should be possible. Windows 10, in some regards, has been slightly restrictive with the customization options. Translucent Taskbar is a little app that makes your Taskbar translucent. The app is very barebones but it works perfectly. Read More

How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver

Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine being able to stream Netflix to your otherwise ordinary TV from your phone. The initial versions of the Chromecast firmware had a small exploit that allowed developers to modify it and run it such that an ordinary PC could be transformed into a Chromecast receiver. Google quickly plugged that exploit and it is no longer possible to develop an app like that. The good news is, for all good intentions, Google has released an app that lets you turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver. It is called Google Cast for Education and its meant, primarily, to be used in the classroom. Read More