Turn Your To-Do List Into A Game And Level Up When You Get Things Done [iOS]

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Productivity apps are always going to be in demand and developers will always continue to look for ways to help us manage email better, remember things we're prone to forgetting, tackling tasks in the right order, etc. To-do lists and task managers lead in this category and they offer monetary rewards, coupons, calendar and email integration, and much more in a bid to motivate you to work. Quest is a To-do list managing app crossed with a game. You create lists, your tasks are individual 'quests' and as you complete each quest, you level up. The app is aimed at those who are likely to be motivated by a 'reward'. In this case, the reward comes in the form of levels that you clear. Read More

Open A Link Or New Chrome Tab From The iPhone Notification Center

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Ever since iOS 8 introduced widgets, I've been waiting for some of the more popular productivity oriented apps to do something impressive with it. The widgets have been slow in being developed and so far Launcher is the only one that you can call a 'must have'. Chrome is one of the latest apps to introduce a notification center widget and it's one of those things you didn't know you needed until you try it out. The widget lets you open a new tab, launch voice search, or open a URL copied to your clipboard. Read More

See Common Business Hours When Planning Meetings Across Time Zones

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Planning a meeting across two different time zones isn't easy; there is always the question of whether or not they have day-light savings and when it goes into effect. Then there's the whole are they ahead of us or behind in time. From my personal experience, even Outlook isn't that great at helping you schedule a meeting across multiple time zones. My Meeting Time is a helpful tool that lets you visualize the time difference between multiple time zones, see what common business hours exist between the two, and helps you plan a meeting that is convenient for everyone invited. Read More

Use Google To Locate Your Misplaced Android Phone

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Misplacing a phone is something we've all done. Some of us leave our phones at work, at home, at a restaurant, and then wonder where we might have lost it. Did we have it with us when we walked in and should we search the sofa before we announce a reward for anyone who has some information on the lost device. Google has made the search for our misplaced phones easier; it lets you Google where your phone is, and will even ring your device for you so you can locate it. You must have the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device for this to work. Read More

Look Up How Long You Can Store A Particular Food In Your Fridge

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Storing food seems like a simple enough thing we do everyday. For most people buying groceries for an entire week is normal. Some food like milk is bought more than once because you can't store it too long or too much of it, or can you? Milk itself is simple enough but when it comes to meat, vegetables, and other food types you might wonder how long it can be safely stored and consumed. USDA FoodKeeper is a free app available for both iOS and Android that works as a simple reference guide for how long you can store a particular food without risking your health. Read More

How To Restore A Deleted Thumbnail From The Chrome New Tab Page

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Chrome's New tab page features a speed dial; it has thumbnails of your frequently visited websites and you can click a thumbnail to instantly open the website. Based on your browsing history, you can save up to eight different websites like this. It is an exceptionally useful feature and most browsers have a speed dial functionality. For both Chrome and Firefox, extensions and add-ons exist that let you increase the number of website thumbnails that appear on the new tab page. Now imagine for a second you accidentally delete a thumbnail? Most of us would think that it will come back because we will continue to visit the website but that sadly is not the case in Chrome. Here's what to do when you accidentally delete a thumbnail from the New Tab page and want to get it back. Read More

How To Try Out YouTube’s Latest Transparent Player

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YouTube makes changes to its UI from time to time. At present, it has an experimental transparent player in the works. Some users might already be seeing it if they are part of the test group but if you aren't, there's a quick way to try it out. You will need to edit cookies stored by YouTube to your browser and edit the value of one particular cookie. This post shows you how to edit the cookie for Chrome and Firefox, and what value to set it. Read More

Use Facebook’s Web Based Messenger As A Desktop App

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Last week, Facebook released a stand alone web interface for its popular chat service aptly called Messenger after the mobile apps that are built exclusively for the feature. The web interface can work without users needing to keep Facebook open in a separate tab. This means you can use Facebook as a chat platform and effectively avoid the distractions it has on offer. Since it's launch, developer Alexandru Rosianu has ported the web interface so that you can use it as a stand alone app on OS X, Windows, and Linux. The app is basically the same browser based version that you can now pin to the Taskbar or Dock, only now it isn't tied to your browser. Read More

Easily Create Symbolic Links From A GUI Instead Of The Command Line

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Symbolic links to folders are exceptionally useful and equally intimidating to create. While creating them isn't strictly tied to the Command line, doing so isn't easy.  Symlink Helper is a tool that simplifies creating symbolic links. The best thing about the app is the obvious; you don't need to use the command line to create a symbolic link, but other than that, for anyone who doesn't understand too well how a symbolic link works, the app makes creating them all the more easier with support for directories, application settings, and drives. Read More

Get Alerts For Upcoming Concerts And Find Festivals In Your Area

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If you love music festivals or concerts you might be looking for an easy way to find them or learn about upcoming events. Maybe instead of searching for an upcoming festival or concert, it would be nice if they found you. Concert With Me is a very smart web app that finds concerts and gigs in your area. You can import your music preferences from Facebook or Deezer. Alternatively you can enter your favorite artists' names and get an email alert when they are on tour. It's also a good tool, with plenty of customization options, for finding a music event that you can enjoy. Read More

Use Facebook Messenger In Your Browser Without An Add-on Or Extension

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Facebook's chat feature is easily one of the most popular features of the social network. A lot of extensions for both Chrome and Firefox are available that allow you to use the messaging feature as a stand alone app instead of strictly on Facebook because it is very distracting. Facebook has now released an independent web interface dedicated solely to its chat feature titled Messenger. You sign in using your Facebook account and continue chatting. Your chat history is there and you do not need to have Facebook open in a tab. Here's a quick review of the new feature. Read More

Disable Alerts For iMessages From Anyone Not In Your Contacts

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Have you upgraded to iOS 8.3 yet? If not, there is one great reason to do it and I do not mean the new emojis. The update adds a seriously great feature to the Messages app that specifically targets iMessages from unknown numbers or email addresses. When enabled, it not only stops notifications for any incoming iMessages from people who are not in your contacts but it also sorts them into a separate tab in the Messages app. Here's how to enable it. Read More

Answer Messages With A Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down On Your iPhone

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Facebook's Messenger app has a thumbs up button that, when tapped, sends a Thumbs-Up emoji (Or sticker?) to whoever you're talking to. Using it is even better than typing out 'K' in place of 'Ok' or 'Okay' and it induces far less range on the recipient's side when it is sent. The thumbs-up symbol, not to mention the thumbs-down which Facebook doesn't support, is pretty universal in meaning. You can use it to communicate approval and disapproval but only Facebook capitalizes on it. Thumbify is free a third party keyboard app for iOS with exactly two buttons; a thumbs up and a thumbs down (and a pretty pointless number pad for some reason). Once enabled, you can use it to quickly send the thumbs up and thumbs down emoji when texting. Read More

Highlight Specific Colors In A Photo With New Fade & Color Feature In Instagram

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Filter apps keep crowding the photography app category on both iOS and Android app stores. Meanwhile, Instagram which fuelled their popularity isn't sitting back and allowing the photo-filter space to crown a new king. A recent Instagram update for Android has rolled out two new features; Fade and Color. Fade as the name implies allows you to give a sort of washed out look to your photo whereas the Color feature lets you pick colors to highlight or tone down. It is something like an extension of the Shadows and Highlights feature introduced a while back but with an emphasis on a particular color. The features have rolled out for Android and will be rolled out soon for iOS. Update: The features are now available for iOS. Read More

Extract HD Photos From A Video On Your iPhone

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When you record a video with the default camera app on the iPhone you can snap photos while you record. There's a button next to the record/stop button that lets you do that. The photos  can only be taken while you record. Once you'r done recording, there is no built-in feature that allows you to extract photos from a video. To do so, you would likely need a third-party app, possibly one that you will have to use from the desktop. Taplet is a free iOS app that tackles this; it lets you record videos and take HD photos while recording (more or less the same as the default camera app) but it also lets you save any part of a video, with frame-by-frame support, as a photo. There is one downside though; the app seems to add a watermark to the photos after the first few you save. It can be removed with a $1.99 in-app purchase or by inviting three friends to download the app. Read More

Pin Any Window To Keep It On Top Of All Others

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Apps that deem it essential to their function will include an option to keep their own respective window on top of all others. These apps are rare and many times we find apps that would have been better off to include this feature. For apps like that there is PinMe, a free portable Windows app that lets you pin any application's window or a folder so that it remains on top of all others. The app works on both Windows 7 and 8 (and above). Read More

Get An RGB Or HTML Code For On-Screen Colors With Shade Variations

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Color picking tools are abundantly available for almost all desktop and mobile platforms. How they work may vary based on system and device but generally you have an app that will let you pick colors off your screen and give you the color's RGB or HEX code. CP1 is a color picking tool for Windows that stands out for its excellent and clean interface. The app can pick a color off your screen and give you the RGB and HTML code for it. When you point the app to a single color, it automatically gives you fourteen other varying shades of the same color. You have the option to expand the colors to a more wider palette. CP1 maintains a history of all colors you've ever picked. Click an old selection and you will also be able to view the other shades you were shown with it. Click on an RGB or HTML code and it is automatically copied to your clipboard. Read More

Upload Screenshots From Your iPhone To Your Dropbox Account

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Screenshots are a popular feature on the iPhone and not just because we have text conversations to tweet or post to Reddit. It's an easy way to save something useful on your screen without resorting to a third-party app to bookmark or save it for you. For my own part, I end up taking quite a few screenshots when I review an app. You can use Carousel, Dropbox's own app for backing up photos if you want everything in your camera roll backed up but if you want to limit it to just screenshots, Drop Shot is a decent alternative. It quickly filters through your camera roll and identifies which photos in it are screenshots. You can then select from the filtered out screenshots which ones you want to upload. Once you've uploaded images, you get the option to delete them from your device and free up space. Read More

Force Close A Chrome Tab When It Becomes Unresponsive

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Chrome tabs can become unresponsive for any reason but usually, often before you notice a tab is stuck, it will crash. You will have the option to reload said tab and work will continue without a hitch. On the rare occasion when this doesn't happen and closing the tab doesn't work either (the tab refuses to close), you have to wait for Chrome to realize there is a problem or you have to close Chrome. The much easier and less drastic measure is to close the tab. Here's how you can force close a single tab when it's unresponsive and the close button isn't working either. Read More

Compress Any Video To A Custom Size On Your Android Device

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Yesterday we published a cheat sheet of video editing apps for Android. The purpose of the post was to pin-point for readers apps that did what we though were essential video editing functions, for free and without adding a watermark. One of our readers asked for an app that could help compress a video and sure enough, we found one that did the trick. Meet Video Compressor a free app as simple as its name and yet surprisingly good. It features ads but we're not complaining because one; they are not annoyingly intrusive and two; because this app lets you choose the exact size (in MB) that you want to compress a video to. Read More