How To Turn Off The Apple Music Splash Screen In The Music App [iOS]

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Apple Music is a subscription based music service that, because it's from Apple, is forced on to you when you open the Music app on your iOS device. When the service first debuted, users were offered a three month trial even if the service wasn't available in their region. You could of course dismiss it and proceed to your music library. The screen continues to appear each time you launch the app and many times, it's gotten stuck on my device. I've had to turn my WiFi off, quit and relaunch the Music app just to get to my music until I found the Off switch. If the splash screen is a source of annoyance for you, here's how you can disable it. Read More

Retroactively Resize Two Windows Snapped Side By Side In Windows 10

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The window snapping feature in Windows 10 has greatly been improved upon since Windows 7. Even back then, it was pretty awesome but with Windows 10 and the lessons Microsoft learned from Windows 8, the feature has been made all the better. Among the many other things that you can do when snapping windows, resizing two at the same time is a very useful new addition made in Windows 10. Here's how it works. Read More

Use iTunes Home Sharing To Stream Music From The Desktop To Your iPhone

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If you own an iPhone model with low storage, it's likely you cut corners to manage your space better. You likely have to keep space free for the apps you need and thus have to keep fewer photos and music files on the device. One way to conserve space on a device is to use apps like Spotify to fuel your music needs but if you're mostly working next to or near a desktop, you can use Home Sharing to get music from your PC on your iPhone without needing any extra apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Off Snap Suggestions In Windows 10

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Snapping is an awesome Windows feature and thankfully, it has stood the test of time and Microsoft's attempts at innovating and reinventing their OS. In Windows 10, the snapping feature comes with several new improvements one of which is that it now suggests what other windows to snap when you snap the current window. The suggestions will show you the last three windows you used of all the ones that are open. It does confuse you at first since you don't immediately know how to return to the desktop but if it continues to bother you, you can turn the suggestions feature Off. Here's how. Read More

How To Edit And Format A Google Doc With Voice Commands

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Google Docs has just added a new tool for editing and formatting documents with voice commands. It's long had the feature to dictate text which made it easier to type but the update now lets you edit your document. There is an entire list of commands that you can use to format and navigate inside a document. You can jump to a new paragraph, apply text styles (bold, italics, etc), edit tables, and more. The commands are simple to execute and you will not need to switch to the keyboard to activate the feature if you're already using voice to text to write the document. Here's how to execute a voice command in Google Docs. For now, this only works in Chrome for the desktop. Read More

Stream Videos For Songs In Your iTunes Library To Chromecast

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A while back we shared an app called Jukebox that allowed you to listen to music stored in your Dropbox account. The app connected with your account, scanned it for music, and allowed you to play it from its music player. With Jukebox, you can create playlists, and play songs on loop or repeat. If you're looking for a way to cast your music to a Chromecast, then Music TV is the answer. It's a free iOS app that will let you select songs from your iTunes library and play them over the Chromecast. It searches YouTube for a video to go with it and casts it when the song is played. Read More

Compose A Text Note Anywhere And Email It To Yourself

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Anyone who takes notes frequently likely has a go-to note taking app to do the job. Evernote is often the popular option but if you need one and don't have a favorite to turn to, or you're working on a device that isn't your own, I don't have a damn pen is a web app that you can use. It's quite simply a note taking app that you can use from your browser, mobile or desktop, with support for basic font styles. The app lets you tpe your note in the browser and once you're done, you can email it to yourself. Read More

How To Search For And Add GIFs In The Twitter Mobile App

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Twitter has long supported the ability to play GIFs. You can tweet a GIF image and it will play in the timeline on both the desktop and the mobile apps. Likewise, you can link to a GIF and it will play. Unlike Facebook, Twitter has been very accommodating of this particular image format and it's been likewise used on it excessively. As of a recent update to Twitter, you can now search for and tweet GIFs from inside the mobile apps. Here's how. Read More

Get An iPad Like App Launcher On Windows

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Microsoft experimented with a full screen app launcher back in Windows 8 that it called the Start Screen. The launcher didn't fare well with users and Microsoft eventually had to get rid of it. If the idea of a full screen app launcher appealed to you, PaperPlane is a free app launcher for Windows that mimics the launcher on the iPad. The great thing about the app is how easy it is to launch it. It doesn't interfere with any normal desktop functions and you can add files, folders, apps, and web links to it. Read More

How To Get More Detailed Graphs In The iOS Health App

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The Health app in iOS continuously tracks data about our physical health. Some data is tracked automatically such as how much we've walked, while other data such as our BMI or reproductive cycle, we enter manually or via other apps. The Health is app still very basic and it wasn't until a few updates ago that Apple included an option to track menstrual health to the app. More than anything, the app is built to be a dashboard where you can view your complete health stats but it might vex you at times when it doesn't let you view activity for individual data points on the dashboard graphs. The app does in fact allow you to do so provided you use it in the landscape orientation. Read More

Add Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ As A Search Engine In Your Browser

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Google has long reigned supreme as the best search engine to find just about anything and everything. We might at times switch to other search engines for a particular search but Google remains the default search engine for the vast majority of web users. If you've ever wanted to use Google's I'm Feeling Lucky feature from your browser's search bar but didn't want to install an add-on or extension to do the trick, you can add it as a search engine. Here's how. Read More

How To Export An Installed Extension [Chrome]

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Extensions in the Chrome Web Store seldom ever disappear but they are often updated and there have been instances when a developer simply removed them. If you're trying to stick to a certain version of a Chrome extension or would just like to back them up in case an important one is no longer available, you can do so from Chrome without needing any third party tools or extensions. Here's how. Read More

Route Audio From Your PC To An Android Phone

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Macs, iPhones, and iPads are consistently built to communicate well with each other. The OS updates tie more and more of the features together but for anyone trying to get a Windows PC and an Android phone to play nice with each other, you will need third party apps. If you're trying to send audio from your PC to an Android, SoundWire is an Android and Windows app that will let you do just that. The Android version of the app comes with ads though they aren't intrusive and shouldn't make much of a difference once you have the audio set up to transmit from your desktop to your phone or tablet. The paid version of the app is free of ads and has additional features. Read More

Search For And Insert Emoji From Your Browser [Chrome]

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Emojis have long been part of the keyboards on our smartphones but as far as the desktop goes they are yet to be made a part of it. It isn't just keyboards on the desktop that don't support emoji, it's also browsers that don't support it. If you were to come across a Tweet sent by someone from a smartphone app and containing an emoji, the browser will not display it. Emoji Keyboard is  Chrome extension that lets you insert emoji characters. It comes with a search feature that you won't find even on smartphones and the extension also lets you see emoji that have been typed from a smartphone. Read More

How To Set The Default USB Connection Type In Android 6.0

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If you have an Android device that you've updated to Android 6.0 you have no doubt realized that every time you connect your device via data cable to your PC, it defaults to charging mode. If you're looking to transfer photos from the device to your computer, you have to pull down the Notification panel, tap the USB connection icon, and choose the MTP protocol or PTP protocol in order to access files on your device. In older versions of Android, there was an option to set the default USB connection type so that you wouldn't have select it each time you connected your device. In Android 6.0, the options seems to have disappeared. It has in fact moved and you can only access it if you've enabled developer options. Read More

Play Video Through Chromecast And Route Audio Through Your PC Or Mac

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The Chromecast doesn't let you separate the audio and video streams of any media that you want to play. When you cast anything from your PC, you have no choice but to cast both the audio and the video which is fine if you're casting to a TV which will come with built-in speakers. If however you have a large monitor that you hook your Chromecast up to and it doesn't have speakers or low quality quality speakers you might prefer routing the audio of whatever you're watching through your PC. The only problem is that you can't. Not only does Chromecast not support this functionality, there are no apps available as yet that do. This means the only way to do it is with a tricky little work around and we have just that for you. Read More

Temporarily Disable Caching For A Specific Website [Chrome]

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Browsers cache content to help websites load faster. The cache will save elements of a web page such as images and the CSS to local storage so that when you next visit it, the page will load faster. The browser does this for content that doesn't update frequently. At times the cache can also prevent you from seeing changes that have been made to a website because your browser continues to load the page from the content saved to it. The simple solution here is to press Shift+F5 on the website and the browser will ignore the cache and reload the page. It will also refresh the cache. If however you'd like to stop the browser from saving and loading a webpage or domain from the cache for an extended session you can use the browser's developer tools. Read More

Switch To The Simplified Version Of Wikipedia If Your English Isn’t Strong

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Wikipedia has versions for several different languages but there is no denying the fact that a majority of its content isn't available in all the languages it supports. The English version has the largest volume of content and often an article that is available in multiple languages will have a better version in English. You can use Google Translate to read an article if English isn't your first language  but the translation isn't always the best. If, however, you can read and understand simple English you might try switching to the simplified English version of an article to make it easier to under. Wikipedia, the English version has a simplified version that you can access with a simple change in the URL. Read More

Turn On ‘Find My Device’ To Track Your Windows 10 Laptop

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Location tracking apps are a popular feature in mobile operating systems and both Android and iOS have one. The feature is meant to help if you've forgotten your phone some place or if it's been stolen but phones aren't the only devices that are portable. Tablets and laptops are used commonly by anyone who works on the go and they too can be forgotten or stolen. Windows 10 is meant for both laptops and tablets and as of build 1511, it comes with a location tracking feature for keeping track of your tablet or laptop. Here's how to turn it on. Read More

Share A Screenshot Of Your Android Screen Using Google Now On Tap

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Android has long had the ability to take screenshots. The feature was added in Android 4.0 though there were many apps in the Google Play Store that allowed you to do so. Most of the apps required root access so the feature being made part of the OS made things much easier. To take a screenshot on Android, hold down the power and volume down button. If that combination doesn't work, hold down the power and home button. If you intend to share the screenshot with someone and your device is running Android Marshmallow, you can instead use the new Google Now on Tap feature to share what's on your screen. Here's how. Read More