How To Turn Off Integrated Calling For Skype Calls In iOS 10

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Callkit is a major update in iOS 10. The feature is big for app developers behind major messaging apps. It allows calls from apps like Whatsapp, Viber, and Skype to appear on your lock screen and home screen as though they are regular network calls. Up until iOS 9, alerts for calls from these messaging apps were little more than a notification. With iOS 10, developers are actively integrating Callkit into their apps. The recent Skype update has brought this very same feature to the app. When you get a call on Skype, it appears as though it were a regular call. If you aren't a fan of integrated calling for the Skype app, the app lets you turn it Off. Here's how. Read More

How To Share Health App Activity Via Stickers In The Messages App In iOS 10

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The Messages app in iOs 10 now has its own ecosystem of apps. For the most part, the apps released for the Messages app have been stickers. Some are free but most are not. The artwork of the stickers are what make a sticker app worth buying. Of course, not all sticker apps are the same. Meet Health Stickers, a sticker app for the Messages app in iOS 10 that connects with the Health app and lets you share your activity in the form of stickers. The app regularly fetches current data from the Health app. You can send an iMessage contact your blood group, number of flights of stairs you have climbed, calories burned, steps walked, and more. Read More

How To Send Secret, Self-Destructing Messages In Facebook Messenger

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Facebook announced it was testing encrypted self-destructing messages for its Messenger platform. The feature has begun to roll out to users. It's called 'Secret' messages and requires both the sender and recipient to have an updated Messenger app to send and receive them. The interface is more or less the same as that of regular messages and you have access to emoji, stickers, and photos on your device. What differs slightly is how the message is sent. Here's how to send secret messages in Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Change The Country In The Windows Store App

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The Windows Store features both free and paid apps. When you download free apps, it doesn't really matter which country's store you are accessing. With paid apps, it is different. In order to purchase a paid app, you have to enter a payment method. This involves entering you billing address which includes your country. The country has to match that of your credit or debit card, or any other payment instrument. Unfortunately, the Windows Store app doesn't let you change the country. It is pre-selected for you with no option to change it. That doesn't mean it's impossible to change the country. To do so, you need to edit your region settings in the Control Panel. Here's how. Read More

How To Get An Alert When An App Accesses The Webcam Or Mic In macOS

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Malicious websites and apps can gain access to your webcam and microphone. A lot of people might consider this to be an urban legend but there is truth to it. Unfortunately, a website or an app that does this isn't going to be easy to detect by the average user. Tech savvy users might be able to tell if their webcam or mic is being accessed but for the ordinary user, and Mark Zuckerberg, you likely have to tape a bit of paper over your webcam to be safe. Oversight is a free macOS app that makes this much easier. It monitors all connected webcams and microphones and alerts you when they are accessed. It's a very simple app that monitors current processes and can identify which app started a process to access these two devices. Read More

How To Get Rid Of Siri App Suggestions On The Lock Screen In iOS 10

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When you open the Search screen in iOS, you get suggestions for apps you might want to access. These suggestions are based on the apps you use most frequently. To turn them Off, you need simply disable Siri Suggestions under Settings>General>Spotlight Search. This isn't the only screen where you get app suggestions. You also get them on your Lock Screen and neither Siri's settings nor this option can disable them. If you aren't a fan of the suggested apps appearing on your lock screen, there's a very simple way to turn them Off. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Get A Tabbed Interface In Any App In Windows

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There are very few apps that support a tabbed interface. It seems reasonable that apps like MS Word don't support a tabbed interface, yet at the same time, it would make it exceptionally easier to work with multiple documents if it did. TidyTabs is a little Windows app that lets you get a tabbed interface in just about any Windows app. The only exception is full screen apps which you cannot group into a single window. For everything else, you can group multiple windows of the same app into one. Read More

How To Enable/Disable Effects In The Messages App In iOS 10

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When Apple showcased all the new features in iOS 10 at WWDC, the Messages app was demoed in great detail. A lot of new features have been added to this app that seemed to fare well with the WWDC crowd. The thing is, as of iOS 10, the Messages app is no longer the sensible, simple, texting app that it was. I personally loved the app because it was a no non-sense texting and that's what made it great. Apple feels differently and has added all sorts of effects to the app to make messages more 'expressive'. These effects come in the form of confetti or balloons raining down over your message, or your message jiggling or appearing bigger to show you're happy or excited. If you do not like the effects there is a simple way to turn them off. If you love the effects but can't get them to work on your device, here's a little setting to turn Off to fix the problem. Read More

How To Show Or Hide App Badges On The Taskbar In Windows 10

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Apps icons on the Taskbar in Windows 10 can indicate new messages, events, or alerts via a little badge. The app needs to be running in order for the badge icon to appear so apps that are simply pinned to the Taskbar but not running will not show you a badge. The badge updates whenever the app receives a new alert or message. It's a pretty neat indicator of new activity that you can check without having to switch to the app. Here's how you can enable, or disable, it. Read More

How To Fix Windows 10 Volume Randomly Jumping To 100%

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The bugs in Windows 10 refuse to die. There are so many obscure bugs that even a year after Windows 10's release, and two major updates later, they are all yet to be resolved. One bug that plagues the audio on a Windows 10 system is the volume randomly jumping to 100%. All you need to do to trigger it, if it effects you, is to pause the audio playing in an app, switch to a different one and then back to the one which is playing audio. When you play it again, the volume is likely to jump to 100%. If you are experiencing this problem, there is a very simple solution to get rid of it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Enable Push Notifications In The Mail App In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a default email client called Mail. The Mail app is very basic and if you've been using Outlook or Thunderbird in the past, you aren't likely to want to switch to this app. If you do need a basic email app to manage email though, Mail isn't bad. It can alert you when you have a new email, works with the Action Center, and can show how many new messages you have on the Lock Screen. If you have configured an email account with Mail, you might be wondering why you aren't alerted to a new email the second it arrives. The reason has to do with a little setting that decides how often the app checks for new messages. In order to get alerts the same time the emails arrive i.e. get push notifications, you need to change the account's sync settings. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Use Digital Touch In The Messages App In iOS 10

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The Messages app in iOS 10 now has a whole app system built into it. A slew of sticker apps have been released for the Messages app. Of course, there are many other features introduced in this app one of which is Digital Touch. It's a built-in drawing tool that lets you draw and send a message to any iMessage contact. It has presets for sending a kiss, a broken heart, or a fireball. Additionally, you can use it to take a photo and draw over it. This feature was originally introduced in the Apple Watch and has been added to iOS 10. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Save Articles From Your LinkedIn Feed

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LinkedIn isn't known much as a publishing platform even though it allows users to publish articles. The feature was initially introduced to LinkedIn influencers but was eventually rolled out to all users. Additionally, news sites also push their content to LinkedIn. You can subscribe to areas of interest and regularly view trending posts. LinkedIn has recently rolled out a new 'Save' feature that lets you save posts for reading later. It's only available on iOS and Android apps and not on the web interface. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Fix ‘Failed To Install’ Error For KB3194496 Update On Windows 10

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Windows 10 updates have long been problematic. Microsoft has been delivering automatic OS updates to users for years but it has had bad luck with Windows 10 updates. Both the two major updates as well as the OS update itself has given users issues both minor and serious. That isn't the only problem plaguing Windows updates. Often, updates fail to install and there are almost no trouble shooting options to address them. On September 29. 2016, Microsoft released KB3194496 for Windows 10. It's an update that is consistently failing to install for many users. If you suspect you might be having the same problem, there is one solution that might resolve it for you. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Turn Off Read Receipts For Individual Contacts In iOS 10

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Messaging apps have long had a 'read' or 'seen' feature. It tells if a message you have sent has been read by your recipient. Likewise, it lets your contacts know when you've read a message they've sent. The feature has existed for quite a while in the Messages app in iOS. Users have always had the option to turn 'Read' receipts Off for iMessages but the setting effected all conversation threads. It was, up until iOS 10, an all-or-nothing affair. As of iOS 10, users can turn off 'Read' receipts for individual contacts. Here's how. Read More

How To Add Google Calendar Events To Google Maps

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Google is slowly rolling out a new little feature that syncs events from Google Calendar to Google Maps. The events are listed inside the app but not in the map view. Upcoming events appear in the 'Your Places' tab in Google Maps in a tab called 'Upcoming'. Of course, all events aren't going to automatically sync to the Google Maps app. In order for an event to appear in Google Maps it must have a location added to it. All other events i.e. those that do not have a location associated with it such as a birthday will not appear in the Maps app. Here's how to add a location to a Google Calendar event and get it to show up in Google Maps. Read More

How To Enable The Universal Clipboard In iOS 10 And macOS Sierra

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In iOS 8, Apple introduced a feature called 'Handover' that worked with macOS Yosemite. It allows users to seamlessly transition between devices by allowing apps to sync work between them. Users are able to leave and pick up work right where they left it off. The feature is available with almost all Apple apps and third-party apps can add support for it as well. In iOS 10 and with macOS Sierra, this feature has been expanded to work with your clipboard. iOS 10 and macOS Sierra can now share a clipboard giving you a universal clipboard across all your devices. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Collaborate On Notes In iOS 10

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The Notes app in iOS 10 has one new feature and it's a pretty awesome one. The new feature is called collaboration and it lets you invite any one of your contacts to contribute to the note. There are some limitations to it i.e. if the person you invite to collaborate on the note doesn't own an iPhone, they will not be able to edit it on any other phone. They can also view it on either a Mac or a PC via the iCloud web app. The downside is, anyone who does not have an iCloud account cannot contribute to the note. It is more less a closed environment at work. Here's how the new feature works. Read More

How To Identify An Unknown Symbol By Drawing It

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Keyboards let you type the commonly used symbols such as the '@' and '&' symbol. These symbols are so common, everyone knows what they're called. The same can't be said for lesser known symbols such as statistical symbols. Not only are their names harder to remember, they are also are harder to type. Word processing apps like MS Word make these symbol easier to type via an insert menu. The menu has a list of symbols that you can browse and then insert from. For apps that don't allow this, e.g. your browser which supports simple text input, inserting a statistical symbol is a bit harder. If you don't know what a symbol is called, it will be all the more difficult for you to type it. Mausr is a little web app that simplifies this. All you have to do is draw the symbol and it will identify it. Read More

How To Create A Custom Keyboard Shortcut In MS Word 2016

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MS Office is a very powerful productivity suite and MS Word is one of the most powerful word processors in the market. It's feature rich and most of its frequently used tools can be accessed via a keyboard shortcut. It might take you a little time to learn them all but you can increase and decrease font size, activate the format painter, find and replace a word, and more all from your keyboard. Of course, not all tools can be used via a shortcut. There is in fact a whole host of tools in MS Word that have no shortcut. What MS Word gives you instead is a way to record your very own shortcut for almost any tool you like. Here's how. Read More