Insert Emoji From The Right-Click Context Menu In Firefox

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Desktop web browsers still do not support emoji. Unless a web app supports them, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer will not let you see them. If supported by the operating system e.g. macOS, you will be able to insert an emoji but that's the only exception to the case. Emoji Plus is a Firefox add-on that lets you insert emoji from the right-click context menu. It works inside text input fields and features a list of commonly used emoji. Read More

How To Backup And Download Your Favorite Vines As MP4 Files

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Vine is being shut down. Twitter made the announcement just before the weekend. Users will no longer be able to record and upload new vines. Twitter said it will keep the old Vines around so they aren't lost forever, yet. Given that Vine is being shut down so soon, it's not a good idea to bank on Twitter keeping your favorite vines around forever. Fortunately there are other ways to keep your Vines around, ones that don't rely on Twitter. Giphy is offering to convert them to GIFs but that will leave you without the sound. A far better way to backup your Vines is to download them. RIP Vine is a free web app that lets you download Vines by any user. The Vines are saved in MP4 format. You are free to immortalize them/upload them to other websites like Facebook or Instagram once you have the MP4 file. Read More

How To Get A Plus Code For A Location In Google Maps

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You can share locations in Google Maps via a link. If you'r trying to help someone find your house or a place of business, the easiest thing to do is to drop a pin and share it. When someone clicks or taps on the link, they jump to the location in question. The link is more or less the longitude and latitude coordinates for the location in question. Google Maps has another way to share locations though; plus codes. You can get a plus code for any location you drop a pin on. The codes are available only in the Android and iOS apps and not the web interface. In Google's own words, a Plus Code is like a postal address, one that Google Maps understands. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Share Game Clips And Screenshots To Your Xbox Feed In Windows 10

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GameDVR is an Xbox app feature in Windows 10 that lets you record game play or take screenshots whenever you like. The screenshot and screen recording feature isn't there just so you can forever preserve your gaming achievements. You can share them to your activity stream so that your friends can see them. This might not be common knowledge because there is no option to share images or videos from the Activity section. In order to share a screenshot or a video, you have to go to the GameDVR section in the Xbox app, find the screenshot/video, and then upload it. Here's how. Read More

Get An Email Alert When A Github Repository Has A New Release

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Github is home to some truly awesome projects. If you're a developer, you can follow projects and contribute to their development. There's quite a bit of activity that goes on if a project is in active development. If you aren't a developer though, and would just like to passively monitor a project for its next release, Releaser is a simple web app that you might like. It lets you add projects you want to monitor for updates on Github. When a project is updated with a new release, Releaser will send you an email. A new release is the only activity you get an email for. All other activity is simply ignored. Read More

How To Get A Character Count From The Right-Click Context Menu In Firefox

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The most useful tools are often the simplest ones. Case in point; Characters Counter. It's a Firefox add-on that can count the number of characters in selected text. A word counter is often a part of apps like word processors. You can find one in MS Word and in Google Docs. The tool is predictably useful because a user might need to meet a certain word count when working on a document. Just as word count limits are often important when creating a document, character counts are important when you're posting anything online. Read More

How To Disable Suggested Content From The New Tab Page In Chrome For Android

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A while back, Chrome for Android introduced a content suggestion feature. At the time it was introduced, it was opt-in. Users who did not want to be presented with articles were never troubled by it. Those who liked it, could turn it On by enabling the right flags. A recent update to the mobile browser has turned suggested content on for everyone. Whenever you open a new tab, you will see a list of articles appear below the speed dial. The articles come from websites you frequently visit and are based on your areas of interest. In order to turn them off, you have to disable two Chrome flags. Here's how. Read More

How To Customize iMessage Font And Background In iOS 10

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iMessage apps are mostly sticker apps. There is a small selection of actual productive apps but the stickers category is the more populous one. We don't have anything against stickers but the average sticker app costs $0.99 and it comes down to how many of these are you going to buy. You have to choose your sticker packs carefully. If you aren't too excited about stickers for iMessages, give Custom Message Styles a try. It's a free iMessage app that lets you change the font and background of the message bubbles that you send. Read More

How To Pin Command Prompt And PowerShell To The Quick Access Toolbar In Windows

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Windows is big on shortcuts and quick accessibility. Throughout the OS, you will see lots of ways to 'bookmark' frequent file locations, settings, and apps. Windows offers multiple options for how you quickly get to files; jumplists, the Taskbar, the Start Menu, the Quick Access bar, and regular shortcuts. It's not just apps, settings, and files that are easy to access. You can easily open Command Prompt at a particular location by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on a folder. If you want to be able to access Command Prompt and/or PowerShell in a more convenient way, you can pin them both to the Quick Access bar. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix ‘No OpenGL Context’ Error When Running Minecraft In Windows 10

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Minecraft is a game that isn't resource hungry. Unless you heavily mod it, it isn't going to need a very high end graphics card to run although the game might be sluggish on an older system. In Windows 10, you have two different types of installers for playing Minecraft. One is the usual Java based installer that we've been using for ages, and the second is the Windows Edition you can download from the Windows Store. The Windows Edition is still in Beta so users are more likely to stick to the Java based version. The Java version is slightly problematic though. Windows 10 users who upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 might be unable to play the game. They get the 'No OpenGL Context' error when trying to play the game. Here's how to fix it. Read More

How To Search For And Send GIFs From The Keyboard In Android 7

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Android has long supported third-party keyboards, certainly much longer than iOS has. The third-party keyboards available for Android normally focus on providing a better typing experience. As of Android 7.1, the default Google Keyboard now supports GIF search. With GIF support, you no longer need to install a third-party keyboard to look for and send GIFs. The support is built-in like it is for emoji. You can switch to the GIF interface, search GIFs by topic, and send them with a tap. Read More

How To Rename Cortana And Change The ‘Hey Cortana’ Phrase In Windows 10

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Cortana is one of the more noteworthy features that were added in Windows 10. It's had it's problems but overall it works well enough. You can use Cortana by clicking the search button on the Taskbar, and then either typing in a question of speaking it. Microsoft has taken the 'Hey Siri' hotword command feature from iOS and implemented it for Cortana. You can enable the spoken command and invoke Cortana by saying 'Hey Cortana'. If you'd like to have a little fun with it, you can change what you call Cortana and how you invoke her with the help of a free app called MyCortana. Read More

How To Fix High RAM Usage By Game DVR Server In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a feature called Game DVR. It lets you screenshot and record game play. The feature works through the Xbox app. The concept behind the feature is good since people make a living out of broadcasting game play. It only seems reasonable for the Xbox app to allow users to record game play. Unfortunately, the feature is problematic. It often fails to work and is a huge memory hog. If you have been experiencing a slow system that overheats or the fan running constantly even though you aren't using a lot of apps, Game DVR might be to blame. Here's how to determine if Game DVR is hogging memory on your system, and how to deal with it. Read More

How To Use App Shortcuts In Android 7

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Android 7.1 has a new feature called App Shortcuts. This feature will be available on all phones that receive the update, and not just the new Pixel phones. The feature is more or less a replication of the iOS 3D touch that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6S. The feature lets you access quick app-specific settings for an app from its home screen icon. If you need to jump to a quick location in Google Maps or see what's trending on YouTube, you won't have to open the app and then tap the right button to do so. The shortcuts allow you to jump straight to the right screen. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Use The Flip Camera Move In Android 7

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Android phones have some of the most intelligent gesture support you will find on a smartphone. iPhones don't compare to a good high-end Android phone in terms of gestures. An iPhone has the usual gestures that perform the predictable action in the correct context. Android phones, and the Android system, is in a league of its own in this regard. Just look at 'Now on tap' if you need an example. Come Android 7.1, a much smarter set of gestures called 'Moves' is being added. The moves work with the buttons on a device as well as the accelerometer and gyroscope. Case in point is the new Flip Camera move that lets you flip the camera inside the app when you 'Double Twist' in the app. You no longer have to use the UI button to switch between the front and rear end cameras when you're in the app. A simple wrist flick will change it for you. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Schedule Wi-Fi To Turn On Automatically After Turning It Off In Windows 10

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You can turn Wi-Fi On/Off on just about any device that lets you connect to the internet. IoT devices don't have a dedicated interface for disabling Wi-Fi but phones and computers do. You might need to turn Wi-Fi off for any number of reasons and you will of course, do so consciously. Turning the Wi-Fi On or Off is, and always has been, something we do manually. There's no scheduling when Wi-Fi will be turned On or Off on a phone or desktop. Windows 10 is breaking away from that. It now lets you automatically turn Wi-Fi back On after a while. You still have to manually turn it Off as per your own need but Windows 10 will remember to turn it on again for you. The feature is only available in the Windows 10 Insider Build 14942 for now. Read More

How To Fix Alerts Not Dismissing Automatically In iOS 10

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Notification alerts behave differently in iOS 10. New notification alerts behavior isn't exactly one of the features Apple highlights at WWDC so it's something you will likely observe as you use iOS 10 more and more. iOS, from the earliest days, has had two types of notification alerts. Users can choose, on a per-app basis, which type of alert they want to receive; banners or alerts. In iOS 10, the 'alerts' notification has been overhauled so that it is no longer the pop-up that appears in the center of your screen. It is, instead, a variation of the 'Banner' type alert with only on key difference. The 'Banner' alerts appear at the top of your screen and disappear after a few seconds. The 'Alerts' appear as banners at the top of your screen and remain there unless you swipe to dismiss them. If you have notifications appearing on your device that refuse to dismiss automatically, you need to change the alert type. Here's how. Read More

How To Export Notes As Plain Text Files In macOS

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The Notes app has been a part of macOS for quite a few years. It started out fairly basic but overtime, new, useful features have been added. The Notes app supports lists, sharing, collaboration, and password protected notes. It also has an export feature which isn't the best. The Notes app in macOS lets you export notes to a PDF file but not as individual text files. You can always use the Copy/Paste function to copy notes to a text file but that is quite a bit of work. Exporter is a free macOS app that automates this. It can export all notes in the Notes app as individual text files. It preserves the directory structure so that notes are sorted to folders like they were in the Notes app. Read More

How To Embed The Audio From A YouTube Video

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Embedding a YouTube video is pretty easy. The share options at the bottom of a video give you the HTML code you need to embed the video on your website. YouTube has quite a few share options but all of them are for sharing the video. This makes sense given YouTube is after all a video hosting website. That said, a lot of content on YouTube is plain audio. Many videos are all audio with unrelated images to fill in for the 'video' part of it. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't let you share or embed just the audio of a video. You have to include the video as well. If you're willing to look past the official share and embed options provided by YouTube, there's a simple way to embed just the audio of a video. The solution comes from Amit Agarwal in the form of a bit of code you can modify. It relies on the YouTube Javascript API that he has made available on Github. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Customize Assistive Touch In iOS

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iOS has long had a feature called 'AssistiveTouch' as part of its Accessibility support. iPhone users who have ever had a defective Home button have often relied on the AssistiveTouch feature to use their device until it could be fixed. Since its inclusion in iOS, AssistiveTouch buttons have been customizable. In iOS 9 and 10, the customization menu is significantly different than it was in older versions. Here's how you can customize the AssistiveTouch buttons in iOS. Read More