Use A Voice Command To Get Directions In Google Maps On Your iPhone

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Google has been releasing updates for lots of it products these past few days. Autoplay for YouTube videos is being rolled out and just a few days ago, Google Now on Android was updated so you could compose and send texts with a voice command. With iOS, Google doesn't have the freedom to offer the same features that it can on Android but it does try. Google Maps for iOS has been updated and you can now use a voice command to look up directions for a destination. Read More

How To Disable The New Autoplay Feature On YouTube

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YouTube is rolling out a new autoplay feature. It's a lot like the autoplay feature you see on Hulu where the next suggested video is automatically played after 3 seconds if you do not cancel or pause it. When YouTube first started auto-playing videos today I thought I had maybe clicked on a playlist. It's still rolling out at the moment and some of you might not be seeing. It's useful no doubt but you might not know it can be disabled because the switch that turns it off comes after an ad. The feature has been available to select users since 2014 when it was in the test phase. Here's how it works and how you can turn it off. Read More

Launch Apps And Make Calls From The iPhone Notification Center

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App launchers are very popular on Android and they're also exceptionally powerful because the OS allows developers the freedom to make them so. They are less popular, possibly even alien on iOS because it isn't as open. Most users will have to jailbreak their devices to get anything close to what Android users enjoy. That said, iOS has never been as open as it is in its current version allowing developers to make use of the Notification Center. Launcher by far makes the most of it. It's a free iOS app that lets you add widgets to the Notification Center for calls, FaceTime calls, and apps effectively adding a launcher and a speed dial functionality to the area. Read More

How To Compose And Send A Message Using Google Now Voice Commands

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Google Now in a recent update has added the ability to send messages. And by 'send message' we don't mean you can use the feature to open the Hangouts app where you then have to type the message in. Google Now supports voice commands for composing and sending message. When invoked, an on-screen message box appears with the recipient you chose already added. It then listens for the message and if correct, you can order it to send the message. There is zero interaction involved with the screen. Here's how it works. Read More

Add A Date And Time Stamp To Photos On Your Android Phone

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Camera apps focus on helping us create visually stunning photos. Some come packed with filters while others give us freedom to manually adjust exposure and focal length etc. Where these apps focus on giving us more and more powerful editing options, they seem to miss out on some essential functions that we liked on our old film cameras like the ability to stamp a date and time. Sure, with smartphones and digital cameras you can embed date and even location data in the image file but this data can be removed or edited with the right app. Here's a list of apps that, among many other things, will let you stamp the date and time a photo was taken on to the photo itself. Read More

Customize What Types Of Changes Are Tracked In MS Word 2013

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When I learned about the Track Changes feature in MS Word I felt like I'd discovered the secret of life. I've since used it for professional, academic, and personal documentation work. It's a pretty neat tool that makes collaborating on a document easier especially if the people you're working with are averse to trying out some of the online tools that support live collaboration like Google Docs. That said, MS Word tracks everything by default, every little thing. Entering so much as a space will show up with a red highlight which is great when you've got a long report to work on with different people. What's not so great is that formatting changes and  comments will appear as changes too when you may not want them to be tracked. Here's how you can customize what types of changes MS Word tracks. Read More

How To Check Camera Make & Settings Used To Take A Photo

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Learn by doing is possibly the best way to learn to do anything. It's also not the smoothest way to learn a new skill unless you find a really great starting guide. Photography is one skill that you can easily develop just by taking more photos (selfies not included) and once you've got some basic things like the rule of thirds figured out you want to go deeper. You want to see what cameras are out there and what they can do. You want to see what settings, the level of exposure, focal length, exposure time, etc are used to capture a particular setting and what works best for landscapes. For photos you might find online on sites like Flikr, the information might be made available by the owner themselves but if not, and if it hasn't been wiped, here's how you can check it yourself without needing any extra apps. This works on both Windows and OS X. Read More

How To Search Profiles Of The People You Follow On Twitter

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When I first started using Twitter, I didn't get it. It was annoying and it took me a little time to learn to appreciate the great one-liners people shared and also the very comprehensive information and live news that people shared as they experienced events. It took time because I had to find the right people to follow. It started with news agencies, parody accounts, and then expanded to include some great people in the tech industry. Since then, every Twitter account I follow is, to me, a great find. That said, it's hard to remember who I follow and these are people or companies I know almost only through their Twitter profiles. Here's how you can search the profiles of people you follow on Twitter when you need to find someone quickly. Read More

Export Documents From Google Drive To MS Word On Your iPhone

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Google Drive and Google Docs, both available for iOS and Android ensure you have a nice free set of apps for backing up your documents and editing them online. I've used the web version of Google Docs a lot and it is great for collaborating and getting work done remotely. My positive experience though is restricted to the documents that were created in Google Docs and then saved to Google Drive. With documents created by other programs, specifically MS Word 2013, my experience hasn't been as good. Yesterday, Google Drive generated a really bad preview output for a MS Word file that I needed to review urgently. It was impossible for me to read the document and MS Office for iOS does not yet support Google Drive. It took a little figuring out but here is how you can open a document from Google Drive on your smartphone in MS Word or any other app. Read More

Combine Multiple Images Into A PDF File With Photoshop CS5

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In earlier versions of Photoshop, combining images into a single PDF document was a very simple process. Under the File>Automate>PDF Presentation option you could easily select your images and have a PDF redy in mere seconds. It was really easy to use but for whatever reason, newer versions of the software no longer have this option. While this particular option is no longer available you can still use Photoshop's later versions to combine multiple images into a single PDF file. Here's how. Read More

Check Battery Charge And Discharge Speed On Your Android Device

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When I first started using a Nexus 5, or more precisely when I first saw that the battery on the Nexus was low and I plugged it in to charge I realized within a few hours that it was charging absurdly slow. Naturally I tweeted about it and got suggestions to only use the original data cable for charging or to use a wall socket to charge instead of my laptop. Some people just said it was a Nexus/Android thing. What would have been instrumental in determining whether there was a problem with the cable, the output the device was getting from my laptop, or if it was just me being impatient was an app like Ampere. It's a battery health app that detects the charge and discharge rate for an Android device. It will also give you an overview of your battery and for a small price you can disable the in-app ads and at the same time unlock the notification bar feature. The app does not require your device to be rooted. Read More

How To Cross Reference And Link Cells Between Different Excel Files

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Linking two excel sheets so that one can read a value from the other is much easier than it sounds and it's a function that a lot of people need. No one has just one Excel file and while it is easy to add data from file to the other, keeping up with the changes so that they are reflected across all files is both time consuming and prone to error. The following little tutorial helps you link a cell from one Excel file to a cell in a different Excel file such that it updates itself. Read More

Communicate With Hearing Impaired Individuals Without Using ASL On iPhone

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Most people at some point will become familiar with a few phrases in ASL but unless you know someone with a hearing impairment and you have to communicate with them frequently, there is only a small chance that you might know enough ALS to have a conversation. Flip the table; if you've got a hearing impairment and find yourself in a situation where you need to talk to someone who doesn't know ASL you have a problem. Fortunately in both circumstances an iPhone and just about any other phone with an internet connection and a browser can help you out with an app and service called I Can't Hear. Read More

Force Facebook To Detect Thumbnails And Links When Sharing A URL

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A few months ago, I started experiencing problems with Facebook. Whenever I shared a link from a Facebook page that I owned or that I was managing, there would be instances where Facebook would not detect that I had pasted a URL in the status box. Other times, it simply wouldn't load an image to use as a thumbnail. The latter I attributed to my internet connection acting up but the problem was recurrent even though it didn't reproduce itself 100% of the time. When Facebook failed to detect a link all together despite multiple attempts, it became a problem instead of just an inconvenience. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to it and from what I can tell, this is a problem on Facebook's side. Here's how to fix it for your own Facebook pages. Read More

Add Color Filters To Videos On Your iPhone

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Instagram made photo filers exceptionally popular and there are now lots of different apps and services that exist solely for adding filters to a photo. These apps set themselves apart from each other with the library of filters they have to offer and some do try to enter the social sphere by allowing users to share the photos they've created to the app's own network. When Instagram launched video sharing it allowed users to add filters to videos as well but the length of the video was limited. If you want a really simple way to add a color filter to a video without adding a watermark or having to cut to the video short, give Redcam a try. This app was originally developed to make recording a video super fast but it's editing options are the real noteworthy feature. Read More

Reduce Data Consumption By Chrome On Your Phone When Not Connected To WiFi

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Using your carrier's network plan to stay online taxes your device's battery as well as your bandwidth. Unless you've got bandwidth to spare or you can afford a plan that is generous in bandwidth, you're probably looking for ways to reduce data consumption. Chrome for iOS and Android both come with a built-in option that lets you manage how the browser loads data though surprisingly you have better control options on iOS than you do on Android. Here's how you can get the browser to eat up less of your data plan. Read More

Archive & Reply To Emails From The iPhone Notification Center With Gmail App

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Gmail's just received an update and it has a few really useful new features that let you archive or reply to emails from your lock screen and the notification center. The update doesn't require you to add Gmail as widget to the Notification center but allows you to instead choose whether you want to reply to an email or archive it from the notification alone. If you choose to reply to an email, it will launch the Gmail app, load the email in question and take you to the 'Reply' screen. Emails can be archived by just tapping on the option in the notification center. Here's a look at the new feature. Read More

Use Custom Templates For Any iWork Productivity App On iCloud

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Apple opened its iWork suite up to everyone last year making it super easy for anyone to use its productivity apps. These apps include Pages (documents), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Keynote (Presentations). Like any great productivity suite, these come loaded with templates from Apple. You can also buy templates which are downloaded to your computer as zipped files. Unzip them and you've got absolutely nothing that can be used from the iCloud web interface. The templates only work if you've got a Mac. This effectively makes them useless because the web version of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers don't let you load a custom template. There is however a simple way to work around this and use a template you've maybe bought and downloaded to your system. Here's how. Read More

How To View Pages File On Windows & Convert It To PDF

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Mac vs. Windows, iOS vs. Android, black & blue vs. white and gold, are just some of the things we like to argue about. They're the finer points of conflict in life that you can bring up when you're bored and conversation is running dry. There does come a time though when the difference actually becomes a problem like when you have to open a platform specific file like a Pages document on your Windows PC. Not only that, you might need it converted to the DOCX or PDF format so that you can view it easily on other non-Apple devices. Here's how. Read More

How To Embed A Video From Twitter To Your Website

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Twitter has always supported embedding for tweets. The embed code adds a nice card to your website which updates to show the number of times the embedded tweet has been favorited and retweeted. Any images that have been tweeted appear in said card as well and now Twitter has added video embedding to its interface. Any video that you've tweeted or that has been tweeted publicly can now be embedded directly. Here's how. Read More