How To Set Focus And Adjust Exposure In The iOS 8 Camera App

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Apple regularly adds something new to make the camera on the iPhone better with each successive model. With the past few versions of iOS, Apple has also been making improvements to the camera app. Features like panoramic photos, a timer, time-lapse video recording, and even filters have been added. With iOS 8 the most noteworthy addition to the Camera app was the ability to set focus and exposure separately. This isn't something only newer devices can do. Long before Apple added this ability to the camera app, lots of apps in the App Store existed that allowed you to set focus and exposure separately. Now that it's a stock feature, users won't have to hunt down a good app to achieve this. Here's how you can set the focus and exposure in the Camera app in iOS 8. Read More

Turn Videos Into GIFs On An iOS Device, Control Playback & Frame Rate

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Sharing a video is something that was confined to desktops where we would upload what we had created or recorded live to Facebook or YouTube and share it with the world. That's changed considerably now; apps like Vine have made video sharing really easy and Instagram soon picked up on the flow. Both apps and services have given users a quick video sharing platform. Vines and Instagram videos are still videos which means they are going to be relatively large files. Gyf is a free iOS app that can record a ten second video, or take one from your camera roll and turn it into a GIF. The file can be uploaded to your GYF profile and shared. Unfortunately saving it to your camera roll isn't possible and saving it to your local drive requires jumping through a few hoops. What sets the app apart though is that you can manage the frame rate and how fast or slowly the GIF plays all from the app and sharing the GIF is made easy with Facebook and Messenger integration. Read More

Facebook’s Stickered App Lets You Add Stickers To Photos Live

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Facebook has released a new app called Stickered for Messenger. Surprise. Surprise. The app is meant to work as a partner app for Facebook's Messenger; it allows you to add stickers to photos. The Messenger app itself will let you draw on a photo, and it will allow you to send a sticker as a message but Stickered will let you add as many stickers as you want live to your camera. The stickers feature all those available on Facebook and in the Messenger app. You can add multiple stickers, and postiion and resize them. Once a photo has been snapped, it can be shared directly to the Messenger app. Read More

Are Heart Rate Monitoring Apps Really Accurate? We Put Them To The Test

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Health has become the focus of many new gadgets with personal fitness bands growing increasingly popular. Health apps have become a stock feature in both Android and iOS and long before that happened, developers had been working to put the these devices to better use. There have long existed apps that claim to measure your heart rate using nothing more than the front and/or rear camera on your phone. People obviously have their doubts about apps like this because measuring medical information can't be that simple. I've personally tried to 'fool' these apps and those that claim to measure heartbeat by scanning one's face are quite easy to fool with nothing more than a picture placed in front of it. We did however decide to give these apps a chance; see if they really can measure a person's heart rate and how accurate the reading is. Read More

Tunity Is A Shazam-Like App That Sends TV Channel Audio To Your Device

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Shazam is a very popular service that helps identify songs. All you need to do is let the service listen to a small snippet of what's playing on the radio or on TV, or maybe blaring out from someone's headphones, and it can correctly identify the song. Tunity is an app for iOS and Android that does something much like that but for TV channel audio. Think of any scenario where you're sitting staring at a muted TV. The news might be on, a re-run of your favorite movie or series, or maybe just a really interesting documentary. Unfortunately, given the place you are, the audio is muted. That's where Tunity comes in; it lets you scan the TV screen, and streams the audio from that channel directly to your Android device or iPhone. Read More

Modify The Google Now Gesture To Launch Apps Or Perform Other Actions

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Mobile operating systems will often reserve a certain functionality for a stock feature. An example of this is how iOS allows only the camera to be accessible from the lock screen, and how Android Lollipop similarly  only allows access to the camera and dialer app. With the camera, no one grudges the OS owning how it is accessed. Both operating systems go much further reserving swipe up and swipe down functions on all screens but with Android you can change it very easily. Now Gesture Tweaks is an Android app that lets you change the default swipe up function reserved by the default Google Now launcher. The app has a free version and a premium version. The free version is limited to only letting you select which app is launched, open all apps, or open the notification center when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. The premium version lets you do much more. The app doesn't require a rooted device but if your device is rooted, you will get extra functions that you can assign to the swipe up gesture. Read More

Clear The Recent Files List In MS Office Apps

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MS Office keeps a list of recently accessed files for each app in its Office suite. It's super useful if you're working on different files at the same time, and constantly switch between which one is open. Not only does it make it easier to locate a file you want to open, but it also makes the list accessible within other dialog boxes in the respective app so that you can link to it etc. As useful as the list is, it does lose its utility when it starts showing documents that you no longer need to access. Here's how you can clear the list and start a fresh one in any Office app. Bear in mind that the process is different for MS Office 2003 - 1020, and different for Office 2013. Read More

How To Access The Medical ID On iOS 8 In An Emergency

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The Health app in iOS 8 is a huge deal for both users and developers. The past few years saw the gadget world explode with personal health and fitness trackers and with the Health app and Health Kit, those amazing devices can feed the information directly to one of the most popular phones. Where the app is amazing for letting us connect our favorite fitness devices, it also adds something very essential to the iPhone; an emergency contact sheet. We've been saving ICE (In case of emergency) numbers to our phones for ages but the Health app has allowed a proper Medical ID to be created. It includes numbers to contact during an emergency, as well as details of any medication an individual might be on, pre-existing conditions, allergies, and their blood group. You can create the ID in the Health app and here's where you can access it from the lock screen in an emergency Read More

OftenType: Create Custom Keys To Enter Email, Phone Number, & Names [Paid]

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As phones evolved, the generic keypad that we used to type texts was soon replaced. First by physical QWERTY keyboards, and then by on-screen keyboards that, as our phone screens grow bigger, make typing more comfortable. With the advent of on-screen keyboards and open systems like Android, newer ways to make typing easier were invented signaling the start of third-party keyboards. Developers created keyboards that had added features to make typing easier and OftenType is one excellent attempt at creating a keyboard that makes it easier to enter redundant information like your phone number or an address. It is a $1.99 iOS app (requires iOS 8.1 or above) that lets you can create custom keys for phone numbers, addresses, names, and more. A simple tap on the key will allow you to enter an email address or a street address without having to type it all out. Read More

How To Rearrange The Order Filters Appear In Instagram

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Instagram has just received a fresh update and it's a big one. The update has introduced five new filters and a filter management feature. No doubt the new filters are exciting news and you'll want to try them on your next coffee or dessert but the filter management feature is deserving of equal attention. It lets you do two things; hide filters that you don't like or don't use at all, in my case that would be the Inkwell filter. It also lets you rearrange the order the filters appear in when you scroll through them in the app's interface. You can bring your favorite or most frequently used filters to the start of the line-up and move less frequently used ones to the end. Here's how. Read More

Backdate Posts As Far Back As 1970 On Your Facebook Page

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Not all changes or new features introduced by Facebook get a lot of attention. In fact, some of its best features are often rolled out silently to be discovered later by users when they see the option. That's not to say that Facebook doesn't properly introduce its new features to its users, but they aren't always a huge deal. One example of this is the Save feature that Facebook introduced a while back. It took a little time for users to find out about it, and it has proven to be quite useful. A new feature is currently rolling out that Facebook page owners might love; a backdate feature that lets you post at a date in the past. Facebook already allowed users to schedule posts, but it has now introduced something that does the exact opposite. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Manually Add Street Addresses To Chrome’s Auto-Fill Option

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The information we enter in our browsers daily is often redundant. URLs are one such example but because we can bookmark links, save popular websites to the browser's speed-dial, or because browsers can retrieve them from our history, it is much easier to enter them. Emails are yet another form of information we enter daily whether we're signing in to our email accounts, Facebook, or downloading software. There are quite a few incidents that call for users to input the same information over and over and like we have browsing history for URLs, and password managers for emails and passwords, Chrome has an auto-fill option for information related to physical mailing addresses, and credit cards. Some users like to keep the option disabled (for security purposes) while others find it is pretty useful in filling out forms quickly. Here is how you can manually enter a street address in Chrome's auto-fill option. Read More

Bookmark Sorter Is An Automation Tool For Sorting Bookmarks [Firefox]

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We've reviewed a lot of bookmarking tools for Chrome and in comparison found few for Firefox that offered the same or relatively same features as them. Bookmark Sorter is a Firefox add-on that outshines every Chrome bookmark extension and evens the playing feild. It's also yet another great example of how Firefox has very few but very excellent and unmatched add-ons available in its repository. Bookmark Sorter lets you save rules for sorting bookmarks. It also lets you organize your bookmarks more easily with its UI. You can define rules simply using text and the add-on will search both the title and URL of a bookmark and sort it according to your preferences. The rules can be saved and loaded for execution at any time. Read More

Online Algebra Solving Tool That Gives Step-By-Step Instructions

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A few week ago we reviewed an iOS app called PhotoMath that could read simple printed mathematical problems from your phone camera and solve them. Math was the bane of my academic life and I could have used an app like PhotoMath, and also one like MathPapa's Algebra Calculator. It's a web app that can solve algebra problems. You can input a problem, or an equation, to get an answer complete with the solution steps. You can also fill in values for the variables in an algebraic equation and arrive at the final answer for it. The app has a great mobile mode that makes entering formulas easier if you aren't using it from your desktop. Read More

Relive Your Past Years On Facebook And Instagram In Photos

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When Facebook celebrated 10 years of its existence, it did so with a very nice little new feature that allowed used to look back on their own past years on Facebook. Users came away with a really nice video featuring photos and status updates from your past. It was nice revisiting those memories and if you're nostalgic for something like that, give PastBook a try. It's a simple little web app that can compile events from any year between 2014 - 2003 on Facebook or Instagram. It searches through your profile and compiles events into an e-album. Needless to say the app will access all your photos if you use it to revisit your Facebook past. Read More

3 Free GIF Keyboards For iOS 8

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The GIFV project by Imgur and the introduction of a GIF maker to YouTube are both indicative of the growing popularity of GIFs. GIFs have also made an entry in a far more unlikley place; keyboards in iOS 8. Following the announcement that third-party keyboards would be allowed in iOS 8, developers set to creating something truly awesome for the platform; GIF keyboards. For those who are unfamiliar with what a GIF keyboard is, it is a collection of GIFs that you can insert in messages without leaving your texting app or messenger. Instead of letter keys, you have GIF thumbnails featuring both popular and obscure ones GIFs from the app's library. Here are three free GIF keyboards that you can download for iOS 8 now. Read More

Create GIF Images With YouTube And Add Text To Them

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GIFs are becoming quite popular. Imgur, where the internet's treasure trove of great GIFs resides, rolled out a new format called GIFV to make them play, load, and loop better. In case you were looking for a few great tools to make a good GIF, you can check out our list of GIF making apps. Alternatively, you can wait for YouTube to universally roll out its new GIF maker. The video hosting giant has obviously realised how popular GIFs are. Quite a few apps exist that let you paste a YouTube video's URL and then extract a portion of it as a GIF so it kind of makes sense that YouTube would just add the feature itself. It's still rolling out with one particular video having been identified as having the feature enabled for it. You might have to wait a while before it's available for all videos but here's how the feature works and the video you can test it out on. Read More

Four Noteworthy Additions To The Messages App In iOS 8

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iOS 8 brought with it so many changes that Apple felt the need to include a Tips app just to highlight them all. No doubt the company realized just how complex its OS had gotten and the new stuff would be pretty hard to learn all at once. In iOS 8, the Health app has gotten a lot of attention as has the continuity and handoff feature but this latest version of Apple's mobile operating system brought some great and very welcome changes to the Messages app and here are all four of them. Read More

Two Ways To Get Autocorrect In Google Chrome

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Auto-correct is the known culprit in many texting fails. It tries to guess what you meant to type and will often prevent you from cursing while you text or post on social media. Perhaps that's one of its redeeming qualities but when the feature isn't ruining lives and putting words in our texts, it's really great. It makes us out to be better spellers and it makes typing easier and faster. If only you could get the feature in Chrome (or other browsers for that matter). The idea isn't novel and there are two ways to get the feature in Chrome. Read More

Insert Custom Number Of Rows In Excel With This Simple Macro

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The MS Office apps are designed very intelligently and I'm not saying this just because they make my work infinitely easier. I'm saying it because its true. A few days back we did a post on inserting YouTube videos in Office 2013 and noted that the option was absent in MS Excel simply because it wasn't needed there. This is the type of intelligence I'm talking about; knowing which features are needed in a specific type of app. It makes sure nothing irrelevant makes it into the final offering. That said, I was surprised to find that where Excel allows you to insert more rows in a worksheet, it doesn't let you select the number of rows you want to add. You have other work arounds for accomplishing this like selecting the number of rows you want add from the existing ones and then using the insert function. Or you could repeat the insert row step for as many rows as you want. It is repetitive but if you're willing to spare five minutes, this little Macro can take care of the job for you. Read More