Get Notifications When There Is A New Google Doodle Game

Google uses doodles to mark noteworthy historical or major global events. During the Olympics, Google had a new game-doodle for every day of the event. Google doodles, when they're just bits of art are neat in themselves but Google does add a game every now and then. If you usually find out about a a play-able doodle through someone else, or when it's too late, you'll be glad to know that's about to stop. Google, through its Google app for Android, now lets you enable notifications when there is a new doodle available. Here's how to turn them on. Read More

5 Best MS Office Tips Of 2016

With 2016 at an end, we're looking back at the best tips and tricks we reviewed. MS Office still remains one of the most popular productivity suite of apps. It's so feature rich that you'd be surprised at how many features you don't know about. Microsoft continues to add features on occasion to the apps in Office. It's also flexible enough that existing features can be tweaked to make the apps more productive. Here are the five best MS Office tips we reviewed in 2016. Read More

How To Make The Windows 10 Taskbar Translucent

Windows users have been modifying and tweaking the OS's interface since forever. Microsoft has always been very flexible about allowing users to do whatever they like to the OS. Developers, likewise, rise to the challenge and ensure that if you want your cursor to look like a tiny dinosaur, it should be possible. Windows 10, in some regards, has been slightly restrictive with the customization options. Translucent Taskbar is a little app that makes your Taskbar translucent. The app is very barebones but it works perfectly. Read More

How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver

Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine being able to stream Netflix to your otherwise ordinary TV from your phone. The initial versions of the Chromecast firmware had a small exploit that allowed developers to modify it and run it such that an ordinary PC could be transformed into a Chromecast receiver. Google quickly plugged that exploit and it is no longer possible to develop an app like that. The good news is, for all good intentions, Google has released an app that lets you turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver. It is called Google Cast for Education and its meant, primarily, to be used in the classroom. Read More

How To Set WinRAR To Automatically Delete An Archive After Extracting It

File compression and extraction apps are essential for any PC or Mac. WinRAR is one of the more popular of these apps on PCs. macOS normally automatically extracts a zipped file when you download it so Mac users are less likely to need an extraction app but WinRAR does so much more. In addition to letting you create and extract archives, it lets you password protect them, and supports a reasonably large list of archive formats. When you extract an archive, by default, it leaves the archived itself as it is. If you find this leaves you with a mess of zipped files in your Downloads folder or your desktop, you can set WinRAR to automatically delete an archive after extracting it. Here's how. Read More

Use The Tab Key When Renaming Files In Windows

A while back, we showed you a neat little trick for batch renaming files in Windows. The trick works when you want to rename files in a sequence e.g. [File name][No]. All you have to do is select all the files in a folder and rename just one. This method is for when you want all the files to have the same name. When you want to rename files such that each has a different name, this trick won't do you any good. Instead, you will have to select each file individually, select the rename option, and then enter a new name for the file. To make it faster and slightly less repetitive, you should use the tab key. Read More

You Can Now Download ADB And Fastboot As Stand Alone Tools

We've covered quite a few Android guides on AddictiveTips. Many are for flashing ROMs, rooting devices, or forcing a firmware update on your device. Often, an integral step in these guides involves unlocking your bootloader and then flashing a ROM or the new firmware via ADB and Fastboot. In order to do this, you have to install Android Studio. Without it, you cannot unlock the bootloader or flash a ROM. The thing is, Android Studio is a pretty large set of development tools when you only need to download ADB and Fastboot. Google has now made the ADB and Fastboot tools available for direct download so that you no longer have to download Android Studio just to get these two tools. Read More

Insert Any Tweet Into Bernie’s Senate Floor Poster

Memes are born from the most random things. The newest meme currently doing the rounds is that of Bernie Sanders addressing the US Senate with a large print out of one of Donald Trump's tweets. I'm sure he meant well and the internet is responding rather enthusiastically with their own tweets framed inside Bernie's poster. If you'd like to get in on the fun, Post the Bern is a simple little web app that's been developed for that very purpose. All you have to do is paste the URL of a tweet and the app does the rest. Read More

Create A Shortcut To Launch Apps In Split Screen Mode In Android 7

Android 7.0 didn't have a lot of new features but Split Screen mode was definitely one of the bigger ones. The split screen mode lets you view two apps side by side. It's more impressive on an Android tablet or a phone with a considerably large screen. It takes quite a few taps to enter split screen view. Screens is a free Android app that lets you launch any two apps in split screen mode. The app does two things; it makes it super simple to enter split screen view, and it lets you create a shortcut to launch apps in split screen mode in Android 7.0. Root access is not required. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For All Tweets By A Twitter Account

If you enable notifications for the Twitter app, it will alert you when someone mentions you in a tweet, or favorites or retweets something you tweeted. It will also, on occasion, tell you when several accounts are tweeting about the same thing. So far, the Twitter app doesn't let you follow and get alerts for all tweets related to a specific hashtag. The great thing about Twitter though is that events of the smallest scale will often have dedicated Twitter accounts talking about them. For an event of any importance, news accounts on Twitter will likely be tweeting about it. If you want to be alerted to any and all tweets sent by a specific Twitter account, you can enable notifications specifically for it. Here's how. Read More

Get A 360° Photo Each Time You Open A New Tab In Chrome

Last year, VR and 360° photos and videos took center stage for a lot of major tech companies. Facebook added the ability to view 360° photos and quite a few VR headsets were released. Companies are pushing these two new media formats more than ever but the truth is, VR technology is still too expensive to be massively popular. 360° videos and photos are slightly more affordable to capture if you have the right equipment and they are pretty astounding to look at. SVRF Tabs is a Chrome extension that adds a 360° image to every new tab you open. You can pan around and explore the photo. Read More

How To Make Sense Of Data Exported From The iOS Health App

The Health app in iOS collects different types of data, either directly or through third-party apps. If you have an Apple Watch, the Health app data is likely richer. The Health app's data can be transferred between iOS devices and you can export it. When you export data from the Health app, it is exported in two XML files. The app zips them and lets you choose how you want to save it. It's all very easy up until this point. When you extract the zip file, however, it's hard to make sense of the XML files inside. Often, you might not know which app can read the XML file and how to make sense of the data inside it. We're going to break it all down for you. Read More

Block YouTube Suggestions When Browsing Without Signing In

You don't have to sign into your Google account to browse YouTube. The benefits of signing in are that you get to see content curated for your particular interests. YouTube will suggest content for you to watch based on the channels you've subscribed to and the kinds of videos you watch outside of the subscribed ones. The thing is, even if you're not signed into YouTube, the videos you watch and search for eventually start to influence the suggested content. This is because YouTube, through cookies, keeps track of what you're watching. Your search and viewed history remains blank but the suggested content is tailored nevertheless. Here's how to block it. Read More

How To Attach Private Notes To Twitter Profiles [Chrome]

Twitter is a pretty neat way to find interesting conversations. Once you get the hang of it you can use it follow developing stories and  connect with people in your areas of interest. Twitter makes it easy to find and follow people but it lacks in the organization area. Twitter lists are really the only tool at our disposal to keep track of the accounts we follow. Whodis is a Chrome extension that lets you add private notes to Twitter profiles. You can add a note to remind you why you followed a particular account. Read More

How To Find The Dominant Colors In An Image [macOS]

Good design takes time and often years of experience and experimentation to get right.It is built on certain conventions and rules that serve as the basis of a good design. A common example of a design convention is the use of contrasting colors to make text look better on a colored background. Vaunt is a free macOS that lets you find the dominant colors in an image. It's a simple menu bar utility that you can drag & drop imaged on to. It will find the dominant colors in an image and display all shades of it that appear in the image. You can click a color and its HEX code will automatically be copied to your clipboard. Read More

See What Objects Facebook Has Identified In Your Photos

Facebook has built-in face recognition that works on the photos you upload and share. When you upload a photo, the face recognition suggests which friends you should tag in it. Facebook doesn't just recognize the people in photos; it also recognizes objects in your photos. The photos we upload to Facebook aren't all selfies; food and cats are also popular subjects in our photos. Facebook can and does recognize these things and duly adds tags to it that we can't see. If you want to check out what objects Facebook has identified in photos, you need the Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags extension for Chrome. Read More

Twenty Best Windows Tips & Tricks Of 2016

Happy New Year folks! It's the end of one year, and the start of another. What better way to ring in the new year than to look back at some of the best Windows tips we covered in 2016. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update came out last year, and Microsoft ended the free Windows 10 upgrade. A few new features were introduced in Windows 10 with this update and Windows Updates broke a few things. For the most part, Windows 10 improved in stability in 2016. Here's a look at the best tips and tricks we covered for Windows in 2016 Read More

How To Set A Maximum Volume Limit In Windows

Smartphones have a built-in check on how loudly you can listen to music. The OS warns you that it might be dangerous for your hearing when you try to increase the volume beyond a certain point. You can choose to ignore it and increase the volume anyway but the warning is still there. Desktop operating systems don't have such a warning and parental controls don't extend to limiting the volume. Quiet On The Set is a free Windows app that lets you set a maximum volume limit. The app prevents a user from increasing the system volume beyond the limit that has been set. The user will still be able to increase the volume in apps like Videos, Windows Media Player, and VLC player. Read More

Fix iPhone Messages App Crash From The iMessage Contact Bug

Friends play tricks on friends; sometimes it's something harmless like drawing on your face when you're asleep. Other times, it's something more extreme like crashing the Messages app on your iPhone. That app is an essential app; you cannot delete it from your iPhone even if you're running iOS 10. There's a new bug going around that lets someone crash your Messages app. As a result of this bug, your Messages app is rendered unusable. Here's how the bug works and how you can fix it if you've fallen victim. Read More

Watch An Age Restricted YouTube Video Without Signing In By Modifying The URL

YouTube's content guidelines prevent users from uploading content others would normally need to watch in an incognito window. That doesn't mean the content on the site is suitable for everyone. YouTube has a special Kids app that lets parents control what their kids can watch on YouTube. YouTube also places age restrictions on viewing certain types of videos. These are mostly videos with a lot of violence or nudity. Strong language doesn't fall under this category; you can watch all of Grade A Under A's videos without having to prove you're at least 18 years old. If you click on a video that asks you to sign in to watch it, you don't really need to sign in. There's a pretty neat trick you can pull with the URL of an age restricted YouTube video to by-pass the age restriction. Here's how it works. Read More