How To Zoom In Closer On A Photo On Your iPhone

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The Photos app on your iPhone lets you zoom in to it by double tapping your screen. If you double tap it again, you're zoomed out and if you pinch to zoom further, the photo snaps back to the zoomed size. It doesn't zoom in further making it so that there is just one scale that you can zoom into on any photo. It's a shame considering how much detail the iPhone's camera, especially the newer models, can capture. There is a curious little bug in iOS though that lets you momentarily zoom into photos past the default zoom level and right down to a pixel. It resets itself each time you return to the photos. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Log Off Your Mac After A Set Period Of Inactivity

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All operating systems have a setting that will automatically lock the current user's session if the user has been inactive for too long. User have the option to set how long this period of inactivity should be. Locking your screen is of course different from logging out of your system. A locked screen prevents others from accessing your desktop but logging out of a system will close the session you have open; your browser will be closed, Skype will exit, and so will any and all other apps you might have open. If you're looking to automatically log out your Mac after a set period of inactivity as opposed to it just locking, OS X has a built-in function that lets you do just that. Here's where it is. Read More

Get Food & Restaurant Recommendations Inside Facebook Messenger

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but deciding what to have for lunch can take over thirty minutes. If you're eating with a group of people this can take longer. If you're often unable to decide what or where to eat whether by yourself or with friends, you might want to give Where a try. It's a Facebook Messenger bot that helps you decide what to eat and where to have with by giving you suggestions all inside Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Track Your Flight With A Facebook Messenger Bot

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Facebook Messenger bots may sound like a temporary fad and for some they might be little more than a different way to get news but these bots refuse to be pigeon holed into a single function. A Facebook Messenger bot can do just about anything you tell it to do. A while back we reviewed an excellent bot called Jarvis that you could use to set reminders that showed you just how versatile they can be. App in the air is a Facebook Messenger bot that can track a flight, give travelling tips such as the availability of WiFi at a particular airport, and tell you if you some of your carry on items will be confiscated by the TSA. Read More

How To Disable Pocket In Firefox 38 And Above

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Firefox has lately been integrating other services in the browser. For a while it was just its own data syncing service and then the Hello feature that was introduced later on but Mozilla isn't content with just developing and integrating its own products. As of Firefox 38 and above, the browser now comes with Pocket integration. Pocket is a read it later type app/servce that lets you save links for reading later. It's a lot like the reading list that you can maintain in Firefox or in Safari except that it's an online service. If you aren't a fan of the service and simply hiding the Pocket button isn't enough for you, here's how you can disable it altogether in Firefox. Read More

How To Save An MS Excel 2016 Graph To A PDF File

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PDF is the format to use when you want to publish documents online. PDF is easily one of the most common file types found online and it's used to publish not just documents but also presentations, reports, and catalogs. The thing with a PDF file is that while the format is exceptionally popular the app that lets you create or edit it, Adobe Acrobat, is rarely used. For the most part, others apps like Photoshop are used to compose a PDF file and export to the format. Owing to the format's popularity a lot of apps support exporting to PDF and MS Office is no different. You can easily create a document in MS Word and export it as a PDF file. Likewise you can export an Excel sheet to PDF. If you're looking to export just a single graph or chart and not an entire worksheet to PDF here's how to do just that. Read More

How To Measure Anything With An A4 Paper And Your Android Phone

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Before smartphones were a thing it was always a good idea to keep a pen and some paper in your pocket so you could write down something important if needed. Smartphones have pretty much eliminated this need and not just because they come with great note taking apps but because the camera lets us snap a sharp image of any information we need to save. Apps like Google Keep can detect text in an image and turn it into a note for you. TakeMeasure is a free Android app that turns your camera into a measuring tool provided you have an A4 paper available. The app has you place the object you want to measure next to the A4 paper and photograph them together. It then finds the size of the object relative to the A4 paper. Read More

How To Access The Old Windows XP App Switcher In Windows 10

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Windows 7 was a very popular version of Windows and people were very reluctant to upgrade to Windows 8 after it. Windows 10 rectified many of the shortcoming in Windows 8 and since its release many people have upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. When you look at it today, people compare the adoption rate of Windows 10 from Windows 7 to see how popular the new Windows version is. That said, Windows XP was a version of Windows that was equally if not more popular than Windows 7. To this day many people still use it and it's extinction is likely going to be credited to apps no longer supporting it rather than people willing to give it up. Chrome has already dropped support for the ancient OS. Windows XP was popular not just because it was exceptionally stable, well built and sturdy, but also because the UI was nice. If you're nostalgic for Windows XP you might be pleased to know that you can access the old app switcher interface in Windows 10. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix Windows 10 Wiping Out All Settings On Login Bug

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Windows 10 has become exceptionally more stable and less buggy since November 2015 but that isn't to say it is completely bug free. Many of its perplexing bugs are still there and users who experience them will often have to resign themselves to having an OS that might never work right. One very odd bug that users are experiencing is Windows 10 resetting to its default settings each time a user logs out/shuts down the system and logs back in. To say this is a problem would be an understatement. It leaves Windows 10 in its out of the box state. Files aren't deleted but things like apps pinned to the taskbar are reset so that you end up organizing your system for productivity all over again. There is one fix though that's worth trying out and it rests in the Windows registry. Read More

Save A Temporary History Of Your Incognito Browsing Session In Chrome

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Incognito browsing modes allow us to hide web searches that we aren't too proud of. This doesn't just include inappropriate searches but also embarrassing ones like 'my hand is stuck in a jar of jellybeans help'. Incognito mode doesn't save your browsing history and while this is great to keep your online activity hidden from anyone using the same computer it's not so great for when you actually need to look at a link you just visited but can't find. Off The Record History is a Chrome extension that keeps history of your incognito browsing session so long as it is active. You can view a complete list of links you've visited and incognito tabs you've closed from the extension's panel. Once you close the incognito window however, your history is erased from the extension so no one can look at it. Read More

How To Quickly Start & Stop Windows Services Without The Task Manager

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Windows and the apps installed on your system run lots of different services in the background. Most of these services are essential to the OS or the app's working and they are best left to do what they are meant for. If however you find you need to monitor, start, and stop a particular service running in Windows frequently you might not want to repeatedly go through the Task Manager to do so. My Windows Service Panel is a free and open source app that lets you select Windows services you want to monitor and stop/start them from a dedicated panel. Read More

How To Check Your Windows Laptop Battery Health

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Laptop batteries deplete in performance overtime. Some last longer than others but none last forever. This depletion is most commonly observed when a battery doesn't last as long as it used to in the first year(s) of its use. If your battery is down to lasting just ten or fifteen minutes it's pretty obvious you need to replace it but if your battery still lasts a while and you want to know where it stands in terms of health you can use Windows' built in battery checking tool to check it out. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Volume On Screen Display In Windows 10

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When you increase or decrease the volume on Widows 10, or mute/unmute your speakers, an on screen display alerts you to the change in volume. It appears at the top left of the screen and stays on the screen for a minimum of five seconds. The alert appears on top of everything else you have open and because it's a system alert and part of the OS, there isn't much you can do about it. It can't be repositioned, it can't be disabled, and it can't be sent to the back of all active windows. If you don't like it though you have a few options to make it less annoying such as using Volume Step Adjuster. It's a free Windows app that lets you adjust the incremental values by which the volume increases and decreases but it also hides the on screen display you get when you change the volume. Read More

Adjust The Focus After Taking A Photo On Your iPhone

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iPhones have some of the best cameras you can find on a smartphone. The iPhone camera not only captures absolutely stunning photos but it also often outperforms stand alone digital cameras. It's no surprise that iPhone users take a ton of photos or that the App Store has a dedicated category for photography related apps. Live Focus is a brand new iOS app available in the App Store for $1.99 and it is absolutely amazing. The app lets you capture photos and readjust the focus afterwards. Your phone must be running iOS 9 and above to use the app. Read More

How To Reorder Extension Icons On The Chrome Toolbar

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When you install a new extension in Chrome, the extension's icon is added to the far right of the toolbar just before the hamburger icon. Likewise, if you sync extensions across multiple Chrome installations, or enable a disabled extension, the icons are added to the far right in the same order that they're added or synced. Other than enabling/disabling extensions, you have little control over when and where an icon is added. This is problematic because the difference in how the extensions are ordered on one Chrome installation compared to the other will often force you to look a little more closely at the icons before you click. As of a recent update to Chrome, this problem is easy to solve. Chrome now lets you reorder the extension icons on the toolbar simply by dragging & dropping them. Read More

Identify USB 3.0 & Charging Ports By Looking At The Symbols Next To Them

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All USB ports are not created equal. USB might have become a universally accepted standard of connecting peripherals to your system but all USB ports found on your system aren't the same. Some are built to do things others aren't for example; you might have noticed that your phone charges faster when you connect it to a certain USB port and slower when you use a different one. While the slow charge might have to do with a problematic data cable, it might also be that you're connecting your phone to a slow charging USB port. What you need to do is connect it to the one specifically built to charge a device. Here's how you can identify the USB 3.0 and USB charging port on your system. Read More

Use Your iPhone To Solve Handwritten Math Problems

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We live in a time where you can point your phone at text and have it translated to a language you can understand. There's an app called PhotoMath that lets you point your iPhone at an algebraic equation in your text book and the app will solve it and then we have Mathpix. It's a free iOS app that can solve hand written math problems. It can solve equations and plot them on a graph and can solve both simple problems and algebraic ones. Read More

Search Slack For Files By Type And Delete Them All

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Slack is possibly the most popular messenger app used today by teams small and medium sized. It's possible even larger teams use Slack given how well it understands messaging needs in the work place. One of the things I love about Slack is how easy it is to find files in a conversation and that's one of the areas I think it really beats out every other messaging service. Slack Deletron is a free web app built to make deleting files from Slack easier. It allows you to search files by type that you've shared or that are private, and delete them one-by-one, or all in one go. You can search files by type and at present Slack Deletron supports filters for images, PDFs, Google Docs, snippets, and zipped files. Read More

How To Automatically Close The Edge Browser When Windows 10 Opens It

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Microsoft is aggressively pushing the Edge browser on to users. With the present preview builds, it's undone the little hacks users had in place to route Cortana's searches through Google and their browser of choice. It's more or less a tug of war at present with Windows 10 insisting that anything that Cortana searches for be routed through Edge and users consistently saying No to it. For many Cortana is just a fast way to look search for an app but it will often turn a query into a web search and if you accidentally click it, Edge will open. Edge Blocker is a portable app that will automatically close Edge whenever it opens either by accident or by Windows. Read More

How To Find The Meaning Of An Emoji

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Emoji started off as a cute way to express a sentiment that might have otherwise been lost in texting but you can't really restrict how an emoji is used and their usage has expanded beyond showing love, anger, hate, and sadness. People are now able to post an entire status update on Facebook using just Emoji and other people can apparently understand them. It's a actually becoming a thing and perhaps the only people who can save us now are grammar Nazis. If an Emoji takeover is imminent, you might need a dictionary to translate the little round heads and what they mean. For that Whatmoji is just the thing. It's a web app that lets you enter an emoji and tells you what it represents. Read More