How To Rearrange Items In The Left Column On Your Facebook Home Page

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Facebook's interface has gone through lots of changes in the past. New features that are introduced by the social network are mostly welcome but the interface changes often upset people more than an interface overhaul should. One of the long standing elements of Facebook's interface is the column on the left side of your home page that features links to your favorite items, groups, apps, friends' lists, and events, and more. These sections all populate overtime based on which pages you visit most often. What you may not know is that you can rearrange these items within the Favorites, pages, events, etc lists. Here's how. Read More

Add An ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Button To The YouTube Search Bar [Chrome]

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Google's I'm Feeling Lucky button isn't used much. Most things that the average person Googles aren't answered by the very first search result. In the event that you're visiting a popular website like Apple, Amazon, or YouTube, you already know the URL to it and don't need to Google it. The same can't be said for videos on YouTube. Let's say you wanted to check out the music video for the latest single released by your favorite artist.  You would of course search for it on YouTube. The first result will be the video as published by the official channel that you will click through to watch. Youtube I am feeling Lucky is a Chrome extension that saves you a few clicks and adds an 'I'm feeling lucky' button next to the search bar in YouTube. All you have to do is enter the name of the video you're looking for and click it to go to the first search result. Read More

Find Out When The ISS Will Be Visible In Your Area

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Star gazing is a fun hobby and if you can find clear enough skies that aren't washed out with the usual light pollution that is all too common when living in larger cities, you can have so much fun finding and identifying constellations, planets, and even spotting a shooting star or two. Of course, planets and stars aren't the only things to spot in the night sky. The International Space Station is one of the more popular objects to spot from Earth and NASA has a tool called Spot The Station that lets you easily find it in the sky above you. The tool asks for your current location and will give you a schedule of when the ISS will be visible above you in the coming days. You can share the schedule and sign up for alerts. Read More

Find The Noise Level Of Your Surroundings With Your Android Phone

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If people have ever complained that you play music too loudly or you sometimes find yourself wondering if the noise level in the baby room is too high for an infant to enjoy a good nap, or you just randomly wonder how loud a particular place is, Deciber is a free Android app you might want to try out. The app is a simple, one screen utility that can measure the noise level of your surroundings and report the highest and average levels in decibels. It connects with your camera so that you can screenshot your screen to include your location. The noise level readings are superimposed on the screenshot that you can share with perhaps a noisy neighbor and make a compelling case for them to quite down a bit. Read More

Get A Lights-Out Dark Theme For Twitch TV [Firefox]

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Watching people game is an incredibly popular way to pass time. It started with people just uploading videos of game play to YouTube and then evolved into something much bigger i.e. Twitch TV. Twitch TV lets people create gaming 'channels' where they can broadcast their game play to thousands of followers. Anyone looking to watch a live stream can search for their game of choice and view live broadcasts. People also have the option to view broadcasts archives. With Twitch TV, you not only watch players play games, you can also chat with other people who are currently watching the same stream. If you don't like to watch in either full screen or theater mode, you are left with the normal mode which has a white background. It isn't easy on the eyes and Dark TwitchTV is a Firefox add-on that fixes it. Install it and all of Twitch TV gets a dark theme. Read More

Control Your Mouse Cursor By Moving Your Head In Windows

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Technology has come a long way as evidenced by our smartphones that are more powerful today than supercomputers were two decades ago. The true test of technological enhancement however comes from how much it can improve lives and where technology really shines in that regard is in helping people with disabilities live normal lives. Animouse is a free and open source Windows app that falls in the category of helpful technology. It lets you control your mouse cursor, complete with  left and right-click actions by simply moving your face. The app works on Windows 7 and above and requires you have a webcam attached to your PC. Read More

How To Change The Background Color In Windows Photo Viewer

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Browsers, whether they're meant for the web, files, or images predominantly have a white background. Web browsers generally lack a setting to change the background color but third party image viewers and file browsers will either go with a dark color or give you an option to change it. The Windows Photo Viewer however doesn't have any such option. If you want to give it a darker background color and /or change it freely, you need to make a small change in the Windows registry. Here's how. Read More

How To Keep Siri Quiet When Your iPhone Is Set To Vibrate

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When you're phone is set to vibrate, you expect everything on it to respect the 'silent' setting. The camera shutter shouldn't make a sound, neither should the keys, nor should Siri for that matter. If you ever decide to use Siri when your phone is set to vibrate, you're already breaching some level of noise but Siri will top you because she is set to the same volume as the ringer. If you accidentally press too long on the home button, Siri will pop up with a very loud tone. Ignore her, and she'll announce she didn't quite get that in an equally loud voice. Siri is meant to be controlled by audio commands and to read out texts, reminders etc, but she does come with a 'silent' mode which when enabled will keep her silent when your phone is set to vibrate. Here's how to switch Siri to silent mode. Read More

Find Budget Laptops Specifically For Gaming, Programming, Or General Usage

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A laptop counts as one of the bigger purchases you make. When you buy one, you definitely want to make sure it's the right one and that it will last you a few years. Finding the laptop is the hard part and it usually involves browsing thousands and thousands of product pages, reading specs, and more. Some of the biggest laptop manufacturers have truly unhelpful websites making it hard to tell which laptops are meant for a specific purpose. The bottom line is, unless you already know the kind of specs you need in your laptop, the search for the right one is going to be a very long one. LappyList is a web app that can help you narrow down the choices and even educate you on what kinds of specs you need and why. Read More

Use The Hashtag Symbol To Find An Artist’s Music Only Channel On YouTube

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YouTube is where you can find and listen to just about any song you want. For even the more obscure, underground, and not-so-widely distributed songs and artists, chances are you can find their work on  YouTube. What some people might not know is that for some of the most popular artists, there exists an exclusive Music channel by them. The music channels feature only audio and no videos. The quality of the sound is often better and it makes for easier streaming compared to listening/watching a Vevo video. Unfortunately, a simple search on YouTube will not lead you to the music channel. To find it, you need to add the # symbol before your search. Read More

Use Your Browser’s Web Inspector Tool To View Masked Passwords

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Accidentally entering the incorrect password when logging into a service is a common enough occurrence, as is thinking you may have entered the incorrect password. The usual course of action under such circumstances is to delete the entire thing and type it again. There are browser extensions available that let you unhide the password momentarily however, for a quicker solution that doesn't involve extensions or add-ons you can just use your browser's built-in web inspector. This only works for desktop browsers since they're the ones that are equipped with a powerful enough web inspector. All you have to do is make a small change in the page's HTML to allow viewing the typed in password. Read More

Get A Gift Suggestion Based On A Person’s Gender & Age, And Your Budget

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The gift giving season is upon us. We're hoping that for anyone close, your mom, dad, a sibling, your best friend, or a significant other, you know what you're going to get them. There might be other people though, co-workers, neighbours, someone at the gym, that you don't know as well but need to get a gift for. Givetu is a little web app that helps you find a budget appropriate gift by asking you their gender, age range, and your relationship with them. Although it's geared towards closer family members, it's best used for people you aren't related to. The gift suggestions are meant to suit people with varying tastes. If you don't like a suggested gift, you can ask for another one. Read More

How To Resize And Fit-To-Screen A GIF Shared From Gyfcat

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Imgur is the go-to service for sharing GIFs and with the introduction of the GIFV format, it has become all the more popular. That said, it still has competition. Gyfcat is another popular service for uploading and sharing GIFs. It supports embedding of large high quality GIFs and like Imgur, it also converts large GIFs to video-like format. In the case of Gyfcat, the video format is WEBM. When you play a GIF from Gyfcat, you can see how much of it has loaded, and how much left with the helpful load animation circle in the top right corner. What few people might know is that the GIFs uploaded to and shared from Gyfcat can be resized freely, and to fit your screen. Here's how. Read More

Play YouTube Videos In Any Aspect Ratio You Want

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YouTube is by far the most popular video sharing service on the internet. Not only can you upload as many videos as you want but the site also makes it easy to share them either via social media or by embedding. The embed code is provided by Youtube and all you really have to do is copy and paste it. That said, if a video has aspect ratio problems, or while attempting to change the size of the video player, a video's aspect ratio has been upset, there's no easy way to change it. Stretch.site is a web app that lets you play a YouTube video in just about any aspect ratio. You are free to change it to any size while the video plays. Read More

How To Share A USB Printer Over Your Network In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has made both big and small changes to how things are done in the OS. Many features continue to work much the same way they did in older versions of Windows but almost as many things have changed. If you previously used a USB printer, sharing it with everyone over your network was pretty easy. All you had to do was go to the Share tab in the printer's properties and share it with everyone. The share tab is gone in Windows 10 and how you share a USB printer in Windows 10 has changed. Here's how to find the share option for sharing a USB printer over your network in Windows 10. Read More

Make IMDb Ratings More Meaningful By Checking Out The Voter Demographic

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Did you ever watch a movie, based solely on its high IMDb rating, and walk away wondering why it was considered so good? IMDb has long been the most popular movie rating database on the internet. It serves as a guide to how good or bad a movie is and you can always count on it to save you from watching a bad movie. You can't however always count on it to recommend a great movie. A lot of people might find that a movie, while not terrible, isn't as great as its IMDb rating (or the internet) make it out to be. This might have something to do with age; yours and that of the voters who rated the movie causing it to skew more or less towards a high rating. Checking out the demographic of an IMDb rating is one way to tell if a movie is good for you because it shows how people in your age group rated it. Here's how and why. Read More

Why Are Websites Suddenly Asking Me To Save Cookies?

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Cookies, not the chocolate chip kind, have long been a familiar term to anyone who uses the internet. It's our general understanding that websites store cookies on our computer. Occasionally, someone will write about 'privacy' and 'tracking' concerns regarding these cookies upsetting people. The more naive ones, and even some of the sensible ones, will think they've accidentally installed a massive spying program on their computer and their every click is now being tracked. That's not what cookies do. Storing cookies allows websites to remember preferences and retain browsing sessions. For example, if you start shopping on Amazon without logging into your account, and close the tab either accidentally or on purpose, when you next visit the site, the items you previously added to the shopping cart will still be there. Why? Because cookies. If you're alright with websites saving cookies, then you might simply be wondering why there is a sudden need for your explicit agreement to saving them. The answer to that is a new law passed under the  EU e-Privacy Directive. Read More

How To Change Your Nickname In iOS Game Center

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Game Center is an excellent feature in iOS that lets you challenge other players anywhere in the world. It's because of this feature that games like Tall Chess and Letterpress are possible. The sheer joy of being able to challenge a random stranger to a game and to have someone to play with when your friends don't like the same games as you do make it awesome. When you first create an Apple ID on a brand new iOS device, you are asked to set a Game Center account. The account is associated with your Apple ID so there isn't any real setting up. All you have to do is select a nickname which is what other players see when they look at your profile. If you accidentally ended up with a typo in your nickname, or later decided you wanted a much better, cooler, and very serious one, here's how you can change it. Read More

What Is The Difference Between An HDD And An SSD?

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If you're looking to build a PC, or perhaps ready to upgrade your laptop to a newer, faster, more powerful model, you will likely have to familiarize yourself with the major components that collectively contribute to its power. The components depend on your needs which may involve games, running heavy software, or watching movies and looking at cat pictures. If you were to start looking at pats of laptop models now, you will come across something somewhat new; SSD drives. For years now, laptops and desktop PCs have used HDD i.e. Hard Disk Drives but the changing market now has models that come with an SSD i.e. a Solid State Drive. If you're wondering what the difference between the two is, this post breaks it down for you. Read More

AddictiveTips Guide To Holiday Deals For 2015

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The holidays are the time of the year when purchases you've been putting off become affordable. Just about every online service and most online retailers will have a special sale on many of their popular products. It's a good time to shop for things you've been holding out on because they cost just a bit too much the rest of the year. This year, we've compiled a list of 20 tech items that you might consider treating yourself to. They're all on sale at the moment and offer up moderate to considerable dollar savings. The list includes laptops, smartphones, and more. Read More