Message Multiple People On Facebook Without Adding Them To A Group [Chrome]

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Facebook has long supported group messaging. If a group is created with the right people in it and for a specific purpose it's a fantastic way to communicate with multiple people at one. If it's created by someone who just needs to get a message out to multiple people as fast as possible it's little more than an annoying notification for everyone involved. Thankfully you can leave a conversation but if you're the one sending the message and would like to avoid going the group message route while still using Facebook Messenger, MessengerMerge is a Chrome extension that can help you do just that. It lets you send a message to 16 people at once without needing to add them to a group. Read More

How To (Sort Of) Get The Old Instagram Logo Back On Your iPhone

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Instagram's new logo has upset quite a few people. The UI overhaul isn't bad but the logo itself hasn't met with public approval. If you stop to think about it, the old logo wasn't just loved because it wasn't blindingly loud but also because the retro camera icon made Instagram out to be more than just a camera app. The new logo, even if you were to excuse the choice of colors, looks like any other camera app now. For iPhone users who are put off by this new logo, there's a little hack available to deal with but bear in mind that it's a hack and it has its limitations which we will point out. Read More

How To Search Google From Your Keyboard [iOS]

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iOS 8 introduced third-party keyboards to iPhone users and since then all sorts of keyboard apps have been developed for the platform. A third-party keyboard will generally put an additional function inside a keyboard. For some apps, this additional feature might be text translation, getting the link to files in your Dropbox or Google Drive, or the more popular function; searching for GIFs. It's been over a year since third-party keyboard support was added to iOS and Google has just made a foray into the niche with GBoard. It's a free third-party keyboard app for iOS that lets you search anything on Google, Google Images, and find GIFs. Read More

How To Create A Facebook Messenger Bot Without Coding [Guide]

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Facebook's Messenger chat bots are a new way for Facebook pages and apps to interact with users. They were introduced only a month ago and many chat bots have been created since. These chat bots are incredibly easy to set up requiring very little coding skills. The only thing you need to do is set up an API, something that's fairly basic. If you're a small business owner lacking the funds and the skills to do this, you can use Botsify. It's a web service that lets you set up a chat bot for your Facebook page for free. It's very easy to use and requires absolutely no coding skills whatsoever. All you need is thirty minutes and this post to walk you through the process. Read More

How To Collect Useful Tweets So You Can Easily Find Them Later [iOS]

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Twitter has borrowed some of Facebook's features in the past, the most recent of which was replacing the 'Favorite' button with the 'Like' button. The changes the network makes are often functional and or UI ones but rarely is a new feature introduced. If there were a wishlist of features that Twitter ought to introduce, something akin to Facebook's Save feature should be on it. It allows users to save interesting content to their Facebook account and has been expanded to work outside of Facebook as well. For now, Twitter users can only 'Like' or retweet a tweet if they want to be able to find it again but the tweets you've liked can be difficult to search through as time passes. Charm is free iOS app that works much like Pocket but is exclusively for saving tweets. Tweets can be saved from inside the Twitter app via the Charm app's extension. You can group them together into collections and revisit them whenever you want. Read More

How To Disable Your WiFi Network When An Ethernet Cable Is Connected [Windows]

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When connecting to a WiFi network, Windows will always favor the strongest one available. If you're in range of several known WiFi networks, Windows will favor the one with the strongest signal strength and not the one that's faster or has fewer devices connected to it. Regardless of how strong a WiFi signal is, an Ethernet cable connection is almost always going to be better and Windows will favor it over WiFI connections in most cases. However, if your system refuses to favor the Ethernet connection over your WiFi network you can tell Windows to disable the connection altogether when it detects an Ethernet connection. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Facebook Messenger Chat Color Using A HEX Code Or Color Picker

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In March 2016 Facebook introduced a few new features to its Messenger app for the web and smartphones. The new features offered some customization options for chat conversations that let you set a different color for the chat bubbles, change the default emoji shortcut from the 'Like' emoji to anything else, and add a nickname for whoever you're chatting with. The color selection for chat conversations is very limited though and mostly lighter colors are offered. You can pick one of them but you can't enter a custom color. Mauf is a Chrome extension that lets you do just that. It lets you set a chat conversation color via a color picker or a HEX code. The change i.e., the new color is visible on the web and mobile phone apps for Messenger. Read More

How To Unlock Your Android Phone Just By Looking At It

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Security is a very serious concern for anyone using a smartphone and where it's important to keep our information safe it's also important to be able to get inside our device easily. Android users often have more than just the system based options for securing a device and with newer devices that support finger print recognition, you have yet another way to quickly and safely unlock your device. Users who have the option to pair their phones with a smartwatch can unlock a phone faster but if you don't have a device to pair with your Android phone you can use face recognition to unlock it. Here's how. Read More

How To Search Google Images From Your Keyboard [iOS]

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The Messages app on your iPhone has long supported sending images and as of a few updates ago also began supporting GIFs. With third-party keyboard support added in iOS 8, keyboards that allow you to search for and insert GIFs from inside any app have become very popular. Image Search Keyboard is a free iOS third-party keyboard app that works in the same field but lets you search Google Images and insert images from the results into a conversation. Read More

How To Turn On The Handoff Feature In Windows 10

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Many people are of the opinion that desktop systems will soon go extinct. It's a fact that people are using their smartphones and tablets more and more to do work they would normally need a desktop for. We're in that transition period where both desktops and phones and tablets are used for work and entertainment alike. With the threat of extinction desktops are evolving to stay relevant. Windows 10 has a really awesome handoff feature coming with the 2016 Anniversary Update which allows users to pick up work on their desktop from where they left it off on their mobile device. The feature will work for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices and it's already made an appearance in Preview Build 14332. Here's how to turn it On/Off. Read More

How To Use AirDrop To Send Photos & Videos Between Two iPhones

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AirDrop is an iOS and OS X feature for sending and receiving files. On supported devices the feature lets you send photos and videos between your phones and tablets, and all sorts of files between desktops. It also lets you stream music from your phone to your Mac, to AirDrop enabled speakers, or the Apple TV. So long as the sending and receiving devices are on the same WiFi network, you can send files without needing a cable or an app. Here's how you can use AirDrop to send photos and videos between two iPhones. Read More

Let Mom Know Your iPhone Battery Is Low So She Doesn’t Worry

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Every year Apple releases a new iPhone with a bigger, better, longer-lasting battery but no matter what, no battery is going to last forever. Unfortunately, batteries have a knack for dying when we're running a late and no doubt many of us have been on the receiving end of several missed calls simply because our phone couldn't turn On. It's usually a concerned parent or spouse that's calling but by the time you get to an electricity outlet or get home, a missing person report has been filed and a search party has been organized. Battery Share is a seriously awesome iOS app worth $0.99 in the app store that lets specific people know your phone's battery is low. Not only does this give them peace of mind that you're live and well, but it also lets them know not to call repeatedly as that will deplete the battery. Read More

How To Leave A Group Message Thread On LinkedIn

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LinkedIn's group conversations are one of the worst sources of spam messages on the professional networking site. A group conversation message can be initiated by anyone. Anyone included in the conversation is then free to invite other people to the conversation regardless if they are connected to other members in the group or not. There is no control over who can send messages. For a while all you could do about these conversations was mute the notifications but as of a recent update to both its web interface and mobile app, LinkedIn now lets you leave a conversation. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Autoplay On/Off In The YouTube Mobile Apps

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Early in 2015, YouTube added a new autoplay that would automatically play the next suggested video when the one you were watching ended. The feature is somewhat similar to the play next feature on Hulu in that it gives you a brief window to stop the autoplay. The good thing is that the feature can be turned Off easily on the web. At the time, it hadn't been rolled out to YouTube's mobile apps but that's no longer the case after a recent update. YouTube has added autoplay to both its Android and iOS apps. Here's how to use it and turn it Off if you find it annoying. Read More

How To Show/Hide Taskbar On Multiple Displays In Windows 10

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The current state of Windows 10 is such that you have two different apps to manage settings; the Control Panel desktop app and the Settings app. Judging by the preview builds that Microsoft has been releasing in preparation for the Anniversary Update, the Control Panel is likely going to be phased out with more and more settings accessible from the Settings app. One new setting to have shown up in the Settings app is a dedicated panel for managing the Taskbar. Windows 10 has possibly the best multiple display support of all its predecessors and as of Preview Build 14332, you can now choose whether or not to show/hide the taskbar on multiple displays, and whether or not you want to show/hide app icons on the taskbar on a second screen from the Settings app. Read More

How To Save & View Sticky Notes With Windows Ink In Windows 10

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Windows ink is a new feature coming to Windows 10 in the Anniversary Update. Among other things, the feature will make it easier for users to interact with supported apps using a digital pen connected to the system. If you don't have a digital pen, Windows Ink isn't going to be of much interest to you but it does have an exceptionally awesome feature that you can and should check out. Windows Ink comes with a Sticky Notes feature. Unlike the sticky notes that existed as widgets in Windows Vista and Windows 7, these notes are part of the Windows ink workspace. You can create as many notes as you want and switch to the workspace to view them. The notes are not omnipresent on your scree like the widgets were in Window Vista and Windows 7. The feature has already made an appearance in Preview Build 14332. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Turn On And Manage The Mobile Hotspot In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is going to be adding a whole host of very impressive new features come the anniversary update. With each successive preview build that Microsoft seeds to testers and developers we learn more about the upcoming changes that will be made. The Settings app has been improved exponentially and many new settings that have been added to it making it clear that more and more settings from the Control Panel will now be managed here instead. As of build 14332, you can now turn your Windows 10 system into a mobile hotspot without needing the NETSH command-line utility to set it up. The process is now as simple as toggling a switch. Here's how to turn on the mobile hotspot in Windows 10 and manage it. Read More

Use One-Handed Keyboards To Type Better With Your Left Hand

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People with a dominant left hand often find themselves at a disadvantage almost everywhere they go. Even tech favors those who have a dominant right hand over those who are left-handed. Laptops are seldom built for someone who is left handed and even phones aren't built to cater to left-handed users. With phones, particularly those with larger screens, navigating with just one hand is often impossible however, if you do manage to use a large phone with just one hand, it's likely that one hand is your right one. If you are left-handed and the default keyboard makes it hard for you to type with your dominant hand, consider using a 'one-handed' keyboard instead. Read More

Send Stickers And Gifs In Facebook Messenger With A Text Command [Chrome]

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Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs and stickers for a long time now. The support spans all platforms that Messenger is available for. On both smartphones and the web app, you can search for and insert both stickers and GIFs into a conversation. Smartphones have the added advantage of being able to use third-party keyboards that are built specifically for inserting GIFs. xaoke is a Chrome extension that lets you send a GIF or a sticker via a text command inside Messenger. The GIFs are sent via Giphy. Read More

How To Schedule An Uber Ride Days In Advance [iOS]

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Uber is the taxi service that has rivaled traditional cab services in some of the biggest cities in the world. It's slowly expanding to other countries and impacting how we catch a cab. Rides are booked via the Uber app and it tells you how many drivers are nearby to pick you up as well as how long it will take for them to get to your current location. Depending on your location, the wait might be as small as five minutes or it might be longer. What the Uber app lacks is an advance booking functionality. You can get a ride now, but you can't set one up so that it's there at a certain time on the weekend. TaxiLater is a free iOS app that fills in this gap. It lets you schedule an Uber ride days in advance. All payments are handled by Uber and if you're likely to incur a 'surging' price, TaxiLater will ask you if you want to go ahead with the ride before you're charged. Read More