Automatically Disable Untrusted Add-ons In Firefox

When installing Windows apps you should be cautious about what you agree to when you're installing it. More and more apps are now trying to sneak in extra stuff like a toolbar or an extension that can be installed in your default browser (or every single browser you've got installed on your system), resulting in the browser behaving erratically. The extra stuff either changes the default search engine, injects ads, and can even manipulate search results. Chrome deals with it by alerting you when an extension is trying to make changes to your browser's settings and asks you if you want to allow the extension to do so. Firefox is in the process of introducing something similar. As of Firefox version 40, you can check if an installed add-on is 'unsigned' and with the Untrusted Add-on Switcher add-on for Firefox, you can enable/disable all unsigned extensions with one click. Read More

Skip Images You’ve Already Seen When Browsing The Imgur Gallery [Chrome]

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Imgur is a site created by a Redditor who was upset there was no service built specifically for catering to Redditors who wanted to share pictures. The service was a huge hit with the Reddit community and a majority of images shared on Reddit are shared by uploading them to Imgur. This isn't to say that Imgur doesn't have its very own, non-Reddit userbase. It does and many people simply browse User Sub or the gallery when they run out of blue links on Reddit. Seen It is a Chrome extension that works on Imgur; it indexes the images you've seen and as you're clicking to the next picture in the gallery or in a sub, it automatically skips the ones you've already seen. Not only does this prevent you from having to look at an image more than once, it also saves you the time and bandwidth it would have taken to load the image. Read More

Assign Permanent Drive Letters To A Removable USB Drive In Windows

Windows assigns drive letters by progressing through the alphabets. Apart from letters A and B, drives are named C, D, etc. You have no doubt seen that the letters for the partitioned drives on your system do not change. If you have a DVD drive, it's letter doesn't change either but the same doesn't hold true for USB drives. Windows assigns the drive letter to a USB drive dynamically so that a drive that was labeled F drive might later be labeled G if another drive(s) is connected. Normally this isn't a problem unless you need the USB drive to always be assigned specific letter to keep certain paths functional. Here's how you can assign a permanent drive letter to a USB drive in Windows. Read More

How To Change The Default Save Location For MS Office Apps

When you save a file in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc, it by default offers to save to the documents library. You do of course have the option to navigate to a different folder and just save the file wherever you want. If you find that you rarely save to the default save location that the MS Office apps offer to save files to, you might want to change it to a location where you save file to more frequently. For each MS Office app, you can set a different default save location and you can even change where the auto-recovery file is saved. Here's how. Read More

Block Comments When Loading Websites In Safari In iOS 9

With content blocking apps now supported in Safari, the App Store has seen an incoming of one particular type of apps; ad blockers. Ads can be annoying and a lot of websites don't bother to optimize them so that content ends up being blocked by ads, or the page keeps scrolling to the top as an ad loads. Where ads do make it so that websites need more time to load, comment plugins used by websites are often guilty of the same. Some sites make it so that comments aren't loaded when you visit a page unless you specifically tap the option to load them but websites like that are in the minority. Meet Shut Up, a free content blocking app for blocking comments in Safari. It comes with a whitelisting feature with a few websites such as Reddit and Stackoverflow already added to it. Read More

How To Enable A Content Blocker In Safari In iOS 9

Safari in iOS 9 comes with support for content blockers. Content blockers are a very specific type of extension that Safari supports as of the latest iOS version. This extension type aims to block content on web pages loaded in Safari with the aim to make browsing faster. The question is, how do you use a content blocker in Safari? Using one is much like using third-party keyboards in iOS 8 (and above). A Safari content blocker comes in the form of an app that you download from the App Store and then enable in Safari's settings. Here's a quick guide on how to enable content blockers in iOS 9. Read More

Use Recipes To Create Random Passwords That You Won’t Need To Remember [Paid]

I remember when I first signed up for Lastpass. It was at the end of the work day and I decided that I'd save my various login IDs and passwords to it later. The next day, Lastpass was hacked. Now, Lastpass is a very popular service that takes security very seriously but that hack scared me enough that I never wanted to rely on a password vault. I've had to rely on my memory to remember passwords and I've had to recover my password many times, many. PasswordChef is a $2.99 iOS app that is essentially a password vault but with a unique way of storing passwords; through recipes. The recipes are basically steps that, when performed as instructed, spell out your password for the service they were created for. Read More

How To Block An Email Address In Gmail

I've used Gmail as my main email service for years now. Gmail's handling of spam is what got me to stick with the service and abandon my Hotmail account. Where Gmail does an excellent job of handling spam, there is a certain kind of spam that it has no filter for; the spam that's not obvious spam, but still spam. These are emails from people that are legit users and aren't trying to scam you out of money but are instead trying to sell you things; office furniture, web development services, or trainings that have nothing to do with you. You can mark these messages as spam but Gmail will not treat it as such and the next email from any of these senders will make it to your primary inbox. There is good news though as a new block feature is being rolled out to Gmail users on the web and on Android. The block feature allows users to block emails by email address. Here's how to use it. Read More

New Features In Firefox 41 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 41 has hit the stable channel and there are quite a few changes for end users. the update has the usual security fixes and a few new things for developers but it's the features that have rolled out for end users that are the highlight. A few versions ago, Firefox introduced Hello, a built-in tool for voice and video conversations and it lacked an IM option for anyone who might be using a slow connection. With Firefox 41, an IM option has not been integrated in Firefox Hello. Additionally, users can set a profile picture for their Firefox account. It's not going to be visible anywhere inside the browser unless you to the Options page but it is there and will probably help users on other Mozilla platforms and forums. For Android; the login manager has improved somewhat. Users can search for and select login information if it fails to correctly fill automatically, and they can edit the stored login information if it is saved incorrectly. Lastly, when typing a search into the search bar, users can select on the fly which service they want to search with. Read More

How To Markup Images In The Mail App In iOS 9

iPhones are powerful devices; they let us take amazing pictures, record high resolution videos, play some truly awesome games, and even give us insight into our physical well-being. Where they do so much, it's no surprise that we forget an iPhone is also a great device for anyone who has to work on the go. The iPhone, or more precisely iOS 9, comes equipped with tools that make it easier to work from what is essentially just a phone. Taking things a bit further, iOS 9 has introduced a set of markup tools for images that you attach with a message in the Mail app. They leave nothing to desire for; the tools let you draw on the image, magnify a portion of it, add text, and even sign your name. Read More

This Website Logs You Out Of Everything You’re Signed In To

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Kill switches are a feature made for our mobile devices since they store so much important data. In the event of a lost or stolen device, these kill switches allow us to remotely wipe our devices and protect our information from getting in the wrong  hands but it isn't just mobile devices that have access to important information. Our browsers that we're used to keeping in 'Always signed in' mode can put us at security risk if we leave our systems unattended and/or unlocked. It can also become a problem if we're using a public system and because we just aren't in the habit of logging out, or keeping track of the services we signed into when we start working. Meet Super Logout, a little web service with a self-explanatory name. What it does is it logs you out of all of the things, all of them (except for some reason Facebook and Twitter). Read More

Create Your Own Charles Schulz Inspired Peanuts Character

The Peanuts comic strip, the movies, and Snoopy are some of the most cherished parts of our childhood. Come November, the new Peanuts movie will be hitting theaters and as part of the marketing for the movie, the makers have developed a free little tool called Peanutize Me. It lets you create your very own Peanuts inspired character that you can save and use as either a display picture or a wallpaper. Your character will be accompanied by both Snoopy and Woodstock and you're free to customize it down to the kind of shoes its wearing. Read More

Long Click On A Link To Open It In A New Background Tab [Firefox]

To open a link in a new tab, we either right-click it and use the 'Open link in new tab' option from the context menu, or if we're using a mouse instead of a touchpad, we use the mouse wheel and 'middle click' on the link. The mouse wheel is my preferred way of opening links in new, background tabs but when using the touchpad, the option just isn't there. If you're a Firefox user though, QuickTab is an add-on that can help you. It lets you open a link in a new background tab by clicking on it longer than you normally would if you wanted to open it in the current tab. Read More

Find The BPM For Any Song By Entering The Title & Artist Name

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Music is more than just a distraction; it helps us block out unwanted noise and conversation while we work, it helps us sleep, it helps us regulate our moods, and it helps us avoid having to talk to people on the train. Music varies in genres and everyone has their own taste but music itself has to be of a certain type to suit the purpose you're using it for. More precisely, you would listen to faster paced music for something like exercising or going for a run, whereas slower and more mellow tones would be preferred if you're trying to relax. One simple way to identify the 'pace' of a song is by using its BPM i.e., beats per minutes, and Song BPM is a service that lets you do just that. Read More

How To Set a 4 Digit Passcode In iOS 9

Before Touch ID was introduced in the newer iPhones, passcodes were what we used to lock our devices and keep them secure. The passcodes we could enter were one of two types; four digit codes, or longer alphanumeric ones. The four digit code was the easiest to enter but also equally easy to memorize by someone looking over your shoulder. With the introduction of Touch ID, users could keep a simple four digit passcode on their devices but still easily avoid entering it near prying eyes. With iOS 9, released just a few days ago, the passcode is now a six digit code by default. Fortunately, for those who have gotten used to having a four digit code, there is a simple way to revert it back to the four digit code. Here's how. Read More

How To Move To iOS From An Android Device With Apple’s App

A while back Google made it easier for anyone tired of their iPhone to switch to an Android device. There is an official page that helps you move your data from an iOS device to an Android device and make the transition as painless as possible. On September 9, 2015 Apple at its iPhone event fired back and announced an app called Move to iOS. It's the first (and possibly last) Android app that the company has ever built and the names pretty much says what it does; it helps you move from an Android device to an iPhone. Since iPhones work differently than Android devices you might be wondering just how the whole move works. Here's how. Read More

Adjust Your PC Volume By Scrolling The Mouse Wheel [Windows]

Most keyboards, if not all of them, have dedicated keys for managing the volume and brightness on your system. For anyone who doesn't have these keys, you can use controls in Windows to manage volume and brightness. If you're looking for an even easier way to manage volume, one which involves no clicks and is super convenient, meet WheelsOfVolume. It's a free Windows app that lets you increase or decrease the system volume by scrolling the mouse wheel over an active area. Read More

Remove Libraries, Network, And Favorites From Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

The libraries and other locations in the Windows Explorer navigation pane can collapse and expand to give you a cleaner and easier to manage navigation pane. They are there to make accessing your favorite folders, network locations, and libraries easy. That said, not everyone finds them useful, or they can do with some of the options, and without others. Meet Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Configuration; it's a simple command line utility that lets you remove any one of the elements in the Windows Explorer navigation pane with a single command. You can just as easily bring them back. The utility has only one drawback and that is that it effects all user accounts on your system. Read More

Reduce Noise And Upscale A Photo Up To Two Times Its Resolution

The cameras on phones get better every year. It's hard to remember what it was like when we were taking photos with VGA cameras and hoping there was enough natural light because the phone itself didn't have a flash. With today's phones and the cameras they have, we can take breathtaking panoramic photos without worrying about light. That said, you can still have noise in photos and we are still waiting on the technology seen in NCIS that lets us enhance and zoom a photo a thousand times and still come away with a nice clear picture. Waifu is a little web utility that reduces the noise in a picture and lets you improve its resolution. We took it for a spin and here are our results. Read More

Downgrade From iOS 9.1 Beta To iOS 9 Official Version

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Apple made iOS 9 (and subsequently iOS 9.1) beta public for anyone to test out. You were no longer restricted to needing a developer account with Apple to give the upcoming iOS version a try and lots of people got to preview the operating system before hand. That said, it is iOS day and iOS 9 has been released to the stable channel. As you read this, countless users are downloading and upgrading to it (while others are going to wait until the jailbreak is out). If you took the iOS 9 or iOS 9.1 beta for a spin, you might be wondering how you can get the stable and final release of iOS 9 on your device. Here's the walkthrough. Read More