Check 2G, 3G, & 4G LTE Network Compatibility For A Phone In Any Country

Phones, particularly flagship phones, are bought and sold on carrier contracts. Some might consider these contracts to be too restricting and in the long run they can even cost you more than purchasing an unlocked phone would but there is one guarantee that comes with a contract-phone; it's going to work with the network you bought it on. For a phone that you buy off contract, you know that it supports 2G, 3G, or 4G networks but the marketing for the phone will neglect to mention network compatibility for  carriers in different countries, even in the one it is being sold in. It assumes you're going to check that on your own. Will My Phone Work is a simple and free web app that lets you check the 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE network compatibility for any phone, in any country, on any network so that you don't end up buying a phone you can't use. Read More

Manage Privacy Permissions For Websites In Firefox From The Toolbar

When you visit a website, it's almost always a given that it will save cookies to your browser. Website permissions aren't restricted to just the use of cookies. Powerful web apps and intelligent internet protocols have been developed to allow users to accomplish so much more with just their browsers. As a result of this, privacy and what information a website has access to is a growing concern. Likewise, what information is stored in your browser of choice is equally concerning because browsers today offer to save sensitive data like credit card numbers and email passwords. You can choose to allow or disallow the information to be stored and if you're a Firefox user looking for a quick way to review permission on a per-website basis, FoxyPermissions is an add-on you should try. Read More

Check Which Apps Are Draining The Most Battery In iOS 9 [iPhone Tip]

Battery drain is a common smartphone problem. We might like to pretend it's something that only plagues Android users but iPhone users have it just as bad as they do. The battery and how quickly it might drain limit how much time we can spend and duly rely on our device when we're outdoors. People do resort to back-up options like cases that can charge your phone or provide a small charge boost. One very basic way to conserve your battery's charge is to not play games when you're outside. Basic communication is a more important function that you need your phone for. The satisfaction of breaking a striped candy combo comes later. iOS 9 takes a much more proactive approach to helping you find which apps are the bigger battery drain with a dedicated feature that reports battery use on a per-app basis. Here's how you can find which apps tax your iPhone battery the most in iOS 9. Read More

How To Enable & Disable The Shadow In Windows 10

Shadow effects in operating systems exist purely for aesthetics reasons; if you do not like what you see on your screen you will not enjoy using it. The effect while minor and sometimes hard to see lends some utility as well; it makes an app window appear to float above the rest of the interface. The effect might just make the operating system look cool or it might help you tell one window apart from the other. Regardless, shadows have been used in both Windows and OS X for a while now. If you're not fond of the shadow in OS X, a Terminal command is required to disable it. In Windows 10, you need only uncheck one option in the Control Panel. Read More

How To Enable Low Power Mode To Save Battery Charge In iOS 9 [iPhone Tip]

Before smartphones were as common as they are today, feature phones reigned supreme. One exceptionally amazing thing about those feature phones was that if you were low on battery, you could turn them off and it would still sound an alarm that you had set for it. With smartphones, you can no longer do that. I remember the first time my iPhone was low on battery and all I could do to conserve it so that it would last the night was turn on Airplane mode. This meant I wouldn't be able to connect to the internet nor would I get any calls or emergency texts. With iOS 9, Apple has introduced a new Low Battery Power mode that conserves the battery but keeps radio switches on. Here's how you can enable it. Read More

Look Up The Definition For A Word In Cortana In Windows 10

Personal assistants are fast becoming a defining feature of operating systems. For smartphones and the operating systems that they run, it's always a question of what a personal digital assistant can accomplish and whether or not it's actually useful or just a gimmick. Siri is one noteworthy example of a popular digital assistant that can do one or two useful tricks but is limited in the information she proactively provides and the actions she can perform. Google Now fares better with always available traffic, weather, and sports updates. Then we have Cortana; it's not just a digital assistant for Windows Phone; it's debuted for Android and even before that it became a part of the desktop with Windows 10. Cortana can do a lot of really useful things one of which is defining a word for you. Here's how. Read More

Transfer Files And Settings From An Old PC To A New One

Moving from one PC to another, while often necessary, carries the same pain that comes from moving to a new house. There are so many things to move and you're afraid you might lose something in the process, something very important might break, or you might accidentally leave something behind and not realize it for months until you need it. With the launch of Windows 10 and it's very warm reception, Windows users have been upgrading to the new OS in droves. Many are utilizing the free upgrade and upgrading through the Media Creation Tool that Microsoft released. That said, there are also many users who will be upgrading their laptops simply because the old ones are too old and will not be compatible with the new operating system. To help ease the transition, Microsoft has partnered with LapLink to bring you their PC Mover tool for free. Here's where you can get it, and how you can use it to transfer your files and settings from an old computer to a new one. Read More

Exclude Mail Events From The Calendar App In iOS 9

The Calendar app in iOS 9 comes with two new tricks; it can tap into your Mail app and show you which events you're supposed to be attending on the Calendar itself. It can also get a traffic report and let you know when to set out for an event so that you get there on time. That said, if you aren't too excited about the changes you might be searching for an off button to these Mail app events. The Calendar app will automatically show these events if you've added an email account to the Mail app. If you find it annoying or unhelpful, there's a pretty simple way to turn it Off. Read More

50 Best Wallpapers For Windows 10

Windows 10 handles colors a whole new way compared to its predecessors and we've touched on how those limitations effect the colors we can choose for the interface, as well as which UI elements we can modify when it comes to customizing it. With limitations like that, it's rather tricky to find a good wallpaper that will suit the design, and set the right accent colors to go with it. We've compiled a list of 50 great wallpapers that pair excellently with Windows 10; you can choose to let the operating system pick an accent color to go with these wallpapers, or you can set a custom color of your own.  Read More

How To Create Checklists In The Notes App In iOS 9

In iOS 9 the Notes app gets a major overhaul; it is no longer limited to simple text or image based notes. It now features bulleted lists, headings, free hand drawing, and of course, the ability to insert a photo or take one from within the app and add it to a note. It also has another super useful new feature that is bound to encroach on the space of many popular apps; the Notes app in iOS 9 now lets you create checklists. Much like the lists you create in the Reminder app but without the stipulation to set a due date, alarm, or repeated occurrence for them, the lists are meant for the simple things you need to remember; groceries or stuff you have to pack for a trip. Here's how to make a checklist in the Notes app in iOS 9. Read More

How To Exclude Apps From Spotlight Search In iOS 9

iOS 9 is going to be released in a few months and it's coming with a lot of much anticipated features and some UI changes. One major change that you will notice right away is that Spotlight has a new place on your phone. Originally, Spotlight had its own dedicated page on the home screen that you could swipe to. Come iOS 9, it's back to having it's very own page while remaining accessible from the 'swipe down' gesture as well. More importantly, it's become far more powerful. Not only can it search the web but your apps . This may or may not be a cause for concern depending on what you've got on your apps. For the sake of speed, and because indexing unnecessary data is pointless, you might want to exclude apps that you don't want to search from Spotlight. Here's how. Read More

Open The Current Firefox Tab In Private Mode With One Click

Incognito This Tab
A good two years back I found a Firefox add-on that I believed was a pure yet simple work of genius. The add-on in question is called Private Tab and it lets you open a private tab within a normal Firefox window. Incognito This Tab is a similar Firefox add-on that lets you send the current tab to a private window. The add-on essentially helps you avoid quite a few clicks because you no longer have to copy the URL for the page open in the current tab, open a window in Private browsing mode, and paste it and hit Enter. Read More

How To Join The Apple Public Beta Program & Try Out iOS 9

Apple has always allowed developers to test out beta versions of the next iOS before its release but it wasn't until recently that it decided it wanted more people testing out its OS which is a good thing. The result was the Apple Public Beta Program that lets anyone try out beta versions of the next iOS and OS X release. It's free and very easy to join. Here's how to get in to the program and set up and install iOS 9 Beta on your iPhone. Read More

Set A Default Size For The Save As Window [Windows]

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The Save As window that pops up when you save a file in any program has a mind of its own or more precisely, it just doesn't listen to you much. If a program remembers the last place it saved a file to, it's something a lot of us are grateful for. The programs that allow us to set a default save location of our choice are less rare but these choices have to do with the save location and not the Save As window itself. If you're unsatisfied with the size the Save As window opens in, here's a simple way to resize it and have a program remember your preferred size for all future save actions. This works for Windows 7 and up. Read More

Privately Exchange Photos Of An Event With Your Facebook Friends

Everyone has a phone and just about every phone in existence has a camera and that means given an event, a party, or even a slightly fun lunch hour, lots of photos will be taken. You might end up with everyone having snapped photos of a fun night out or if you're trying to conserve phone battery, you will have appointed a designated photographer to take all the photos. Once the photos have been taken, Facebook is the go-to place for sharing them so everyone has a copy. If you prefer private sharing of your photos however, Facebook has you covered with its Moments app. The app is kind of old and just upgraded to version 2.0 but it's just now been made available outside the U.S. What it does is that it automatically groups photos together based on the location and time they were taken. A group of such photos is called a moment and you can share it privately with one or several Facebook friends. Here's how it works. Read More

Check If Your Email Was Used To Create An Account On Ashley Madison

KnowEm Ashley Madison Hack
The Ashley Madison hack has been making news for many reasons. Whether you feel like you need to chime in with a bit of morality or you're upset about the apparent security theft that will affect so many people, it's hard to avoid the news. What's more shocking is the fact that many of the accounts were fake. The site didn't verify email addresses so anyone could use any email address they wanted to create an account. There's a chance that your email may have been used for the same. If your email is public information or can be taken from your LinkedIn profile the chances are greater that it might have been misused. Since a massive data dump has followed the security breach, you can check to see if your email was misused with a simple web app called the Ashley Madison Hack by KnowEm. Read More

Create A Custom App Tile For The Windows 10 Start Menu

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Windows 10 is missing a pretty important and rather obvious feature; it doesn't let you customize the color of an app tile. For app tiles that feature only an icon in a box, that box often looks ugly against whatever color has been set for the Start menu. If you're looking for a way to create a custom app tile, image, color and all, there's a little app that lets you do just that. Meet Better StartMenu an app that will let you create a custom icon for any app of your choice, and through its Windows Store version, you can pin it to the Start menu. The app costs $2.99 but as of a recent update, there are no differences between the paid and trial version with the developer only asking you to donate if you like the app. Read More

Easily Navigate The All Apps List In The Windows 10 Start Menu

The Start menu in Windows 10 has an alphabetically organized list of all the apps you've installed on your system. It's currently capped to showing just 500 entries but even with a much smaller number of apps appearing in the All Apps list, you end up scrolling to get to the app you want. It's organized but it's far easier to use the search bar to launch an app instead of scrolling this list. If you prefer the All Apps list but without all the scrolling, Windows 10 has a built-in way to make it easier to use. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Lock Screen In Windows 10

The Lock Screen in Windows 10 is a nice feature carried over from Windows 8. It's nice to look at and is supposed to house notifications from apps that you allow to it. The only problem is that for a lot of users, app information simply isn't showing up on the lock screen (users are desperately seeking a solution while Microsoft remains mute on the problem). With no app information available on the Lock screen, it's pretty much just an extra UI layer which will give you the time and date as you walk by. You can set any image of your choice as the lock screen image but as far as utility goes, it's not doing much. If you'd rather not have it, there's a simple trick to disabling it. Read More

Create A Color Theme For Any Background In Windows 10

The Personalization options in Windows 10 have changed. For the most part, you can manage basic settings related to backgrounds and colors from the Settings app. If you're trying to set a theme in Windows 10, you will have to switch to the Personalization pane in the Control Panel but that too has been stripped so that you can no longer set sounds, colors, and a screensaver. Any colors you can set for the Taskbar, Start menu, and the window borders are set from the Settings app and you can only choose one. Now there are plenty of ways to modify the UI. You can use tools like Rainmeter and find a great skin pack to make Windows 10 look good but, if you're not into any heavy tweaking, but would like to freely tweak the colors in Windows 10 to go with a certain back ground, and save it as a theme, here's how. Read More