How To Search Safari Tabs In iOS 10

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iOS 10 is out and it makes you want to have a device that has 3D touch. A lot of the shortcuts and convenient new options introduced in iOS 10 are tied to 3D touch. If your device lacks it, you will miss out on how easy iOS 10 is to use. You might even miss out on some actual features such as the flash light intensity feature. Another odd little thing in iOS in general is that some settings are only visible if your device is in landscape mode. In iOS 10, one such feature is the new search tab feature in Safari. The feature essentially lets you search all your open tabs and quickly find the one you're looking for. Here's how to access it. Read More

Google ‘Speed Test’ To Test Your Internet Speed From The Google Search Page

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The Google search home page does quite a few tricks. Type in 'Atari break out' in Google image search or 'Do a barrel roll' on the search home page and you can see two of the most popular Google Easter eggs in action. The search page isn't all games and quirks though. It can do lots of other things like perform unit, time, and currency conversations. You can also get the weather for your current location and look up the pronunciation of a word. The results are all displayed in a card on the Google Search page negating the need to click on and open a link. Another neat trick the Google search page can do is test your internet speed. Simply type 'Speed Test' in the search box and hit enter. Read More

How To Sign In And Sign Out Of Game Center In iOS 10

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The Game Center app in iOS is history. As of iOS 10, Game Center no longer exists as a stand alone app that you can access from the Home Screen. That isn't to say the Game Center functionality has been removed. The service still exists since many popular apps like Fruit Ninja, Letterpress, and Tall Chess all rely on it. Likewise, there is a whole host of multiplayer apps for iOS that require Game Center in order to work. If you had Game Center set up on your iPhone before you upgraded to iOS 10, you won't need to sign in to it again. If you're setting up your iPhone as a new device or if you're looking to sign out of Game Center in iOS 10, you will be lost since the app itself is gone. In iOS 10, you have to go to the Settings app to sign in and out of Game Center. Read More

How To Search Photos By Date Or Object In iOS 10

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One thing that has always been true about an iPhone is that the camera is awesome. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now available with more storage than ever before which means more room for your photos. The camera is, of course, more powerful than ever and the iPhone 7 Plus has dual cameras. Needless to say, lots of photos will be taken on these devices. The Photos app in iOS lets you create albums to keep all your photos organized and iOS 10 makes it easier to find a particular photo. The Photos app in iOS 10 comes with face recognition and object search. Object search lets you search for a photo by their content. If you've taken photos of food, and who hasn't, you can search your camera roll for them. You can even search for the photos that have a drink in them or french fries. Here's how. Read More

Why Is Image Search Missing In The Messages App In iOS 10

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Messages in iOS 10 has a whole host of new features. It is one of the most heavily updated apps in iOS 10. An ecosystem of apps for Messages has been created with this new version allowing you to add even more features to it via third-party apps. One noteworthy feature in the Messages app is native GIF support. The feature is called Image search. The app has long been able to play GIFs but as of iOS 10, you can now search and insert GIFs from inside the app. You don't need to install any additional apps to use this feature however it isn't available for everyone. It is region locked and if you don't live in the right place, you simply will not see it. There's a simple work around that will let you get the feature, just not natively, in the Messages app. Here's how. Read More

How To Save A Video Offline In The YouTube App

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The YouTube app has a feature that lets you save videos offline. It allows you to download video content when you're connected to a WiFi network and watch the videos when a connection is not available. The videos can only be saved to and viewed from inside the official YouTube app. This feature is available on both iOS and Android. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Play Music From The Control Center In iOS 10

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The Control Center is a quick access panel on iOS that houses frequently used settings. You can access it from anywhere; the lock screen, the home screen, and from inside any app. Control Center has toggles for airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, et.,c and buttons for accessing the camera, calculator, compass, and flashlight. Up until iOS 9, it also housed music controls. If you were listening to music, you didn't have to unlock your phone to manage the volume, skip a track, or play/pause it. With iOS 10, the music controls have moved or, more accurately, the Control Center has been redesigned. Here's where you can access the music controls in Control Center. Read More

How To Enter Recovery Mode On Your iPhone 7 And 7 Plus

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do not have a headphone jack. This is possibly the most disturbing change made to the iPhone in terms of hardware. People are so upset with the change they haven't given much thought to home button on the new sets. It is no longer a mechanical button you can press. You now tap it instead of pressing it. This hardware change doesn't call for buying any new accessories and it's fairly easy to get used to. That said, try entering recovery mode on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and you'll find you can't use the long standing method to do so because the Home button cannot be pressed. Here's how to enter recovery mode on your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Read More

Stop Notifications Waking Your Screen When Do Not Disturb Is Enabled In Android 7

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Do not disturb is a feature introduced in Android 6.0. It lets you silent all notifications for a specific time period. You can choose to allow messages and calls from select contacts to still alert you when Do not disturb is enabled. You can also schedule when Do not disturb is enabled and disabled. The feature is great for when you're trying to block out distractions or you want a peaceful, stress free night of sleep. Up until Android 6.0, Do not disturb disabled all sound alerts but your screen still lit up and the LED still flashed when you had a new notification. Android 7.0 lets you disable both these visual alerts when you've turned Do not disturb on. Here's how. Read More

How To Reset Auto Open Settings For Downloaded Files In Chrome

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When Chrome downloads files, it will check if the file could be dangerous. Often, it will flag EXE and even ZIP files when you try to download them. You have to then give explicit permission to download the file. Likewise, for trusted file types that you download, you have the option to open them automatically. You can set Chrome to automatically open a PDF, PNG, or JPG file the second it finishes downloading. The file opens in an external app, i.e. the default app for that file type on your system. If you'd like to disable auto opening for a particular file type or for all file types, there's a fairly easy method to it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Pin An App To The Share Menu In Android 7

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Android has a system wide share menu that apps can access. The share menu makes it so you can share content from one app to another. It's useful for when you want to share a link you have open in Chrome with someone on Whatsapp. The share menu has been a part of Android for ages. Very few changes have been made to it over the years. With Android 7, the share menu now lets you pin your favorite sharing app to the top inside the menu. This makes it easier for you to select the app you want to share over. It also makes selecting recent contacts to share with much quicker. Here's how to pin an app to the share menu in Android 7. Read More

How To Save A Post To Drafts In Instagram For Editing Later

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An Instagram filter can make a photo look good with no additional photography skills needed.  It does still have quite a few additional tools for making photos look good. It has the Layout app to support it as well as tools for adjusting the shadow, orientation, brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. If you're willing to spend more than a few seconds composing an Instagram post, you likely make use of its many other tools. The process can end up taking quite a bit of time which you might not have in one sitting. Up until a recent update, you had to either compose and post a photo in one sitting, or lose your edits until you had the time to complete them. Instagram has rolled out a 'Drafts' feature which lets you save the edits you've made to a photo and continue where you left off when you have the time. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Delete And Restore Stock Apps In iOS 10

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Smartphones and laptops all come bundled with stock apps. The apps are there so that a user can perform basic functions with an out-of-the-box device. Most apps are helpful e.g. weather apps or email clients but some are just bloatware. From iOS to Android, to Windows 10, you can find a whole host of apps pre-installed on your device that you will likely never use. These stock apps, if nothing else, take up space on your device. In iOS 10  you can remove the stock apps you don't like. If you later change your mind, you can restore the app. Here's how. Read More

How To Control Apps Using A Siri Command In iOS 10

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iOS 10 has opened up access to a lot of stock apps. Siri is now more powerful simply because it can connect with other apps. Prior to iOS 10, Siri could only send a message via the stock Messages app. As of iOS 10, you can ask Siri to send a message through any app that now supports it. In fact, all apps, not just messaging ones, can now connect with Siri. You can use you reminder app of choice to create a new reminder or ask Siri to make a note in your preferred app. At present, Viber and Whatsapps have both added Siri support. Here's how to get Siri to start using your preferred apps for sending a message. Read More

How To Add Emoji Stickers In The Messages App In iOS 10 [Giveaway]

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The Messages app in iOS 10 is open to developers. A major app that's taken advantage of this is Evernote which now lets you search and send notes from inside the Messages app. There are of course a lot of fun apps that are taking advantage of this and Emoji Stickers is one of the best. It's an iOS app that costs $1.99 and lets you send emoji stickers. You can send them as stand alone stickers or add them to an image you've sent in a conversation. Additionally, you can combine two emoji into one. The developer of Emoji Stickers has generously shared three promo codes for our readers. Check out the giveaway details at the end of this review. Read More

How To Block All Mention Of The US 2016 Elections From Your Twitter Feed [Chrome]

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The US 2016 presidential elections have been very heated. Some of the candidates that are currently running are often at the center of one controversial statement or the other. We'd say more but Season 20 of South Park will probably say it better. Everything to do with this election seems to turn into a loud heated argument that is bound to lose you friends. If you're sick of the constant stream of people and news outlets discussing the upcoming US elections then Make Twitter Great Again is a Chrome extension you should check out. It hides all US 2016 election tweets from your timeline. The tweets still appear but the text is all replaced with the place holder sentence, 'This text is about USA election 2016'. Read More

How To Save A Linked Image In Safari In iOS 10

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Safari has not received any major update in iOS 10 but that's not to say Safari hasn't changed at all. There is in fact a minor change made to the browser's functionality that has confused quite a few users. This change effects how users can save images from a web page to their camera roll. In older versions of iOS, no matter what type of image a user came across in Safari, they could always long press it, and expect to see the 'Save image' option appear in the menu. That functionality has now changed so that it no longer works for linked images. Here's how to save a linked image in Safari. Read More

How To Send Low Quality Images In The Messages App In iOS 10

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iPhones have an amazing camera. With iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that camera has only gotten better. The images you capture on your iPhone are exceptionally sharp and exceptionally large in terms of size. When you share them via photo stream or over the Messages app, you retain the quality of these photos. They are not compressed and it's a pretty reliable way of transferring photos when the HD quality is important. That said, not all photos you send over the Messages app need to be HD. Up until iOS 9, there was no way to send a lower quality photo over the Messages app unless you actually reduced the quality in the camera app when you took it. Come iOS 10, there is now an option that lets you send all photos over Messages in low quality. The photos are not only sent faster but take up less space on your recipient's device and do not tax your data plan as much. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Control The Brightness Of The Flashlight In iOS 10

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iPhones that support 3D touch, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and above, have a far richer set of new features available in iOS 10 than older handsets. iOS 10 has features that work specifically through 3D touch and are inaccessible to anyone using an iOS device that lacks it. Once such feature is the brightness of the flashlight that you can now control. It has three levels of intensity; low, medium, and bright. The intensity can be set from the Control Center via the flashlight button. Here's how. Read More

How To Prevent Web Pages From Jumping Around When Loading In Chrome [Android]

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Smartphones are increasingly used to browse the web. A significant volume of web traffic now comes from a smartphone and many smartphone browsers are built to make browsing mobile websites easier. More often than not, websites aren't optimized for viewing on a mobile device. This often means page elements that don't resize properly to fit a smaller screen or elements overflowing onto other elements. Of course a far more common occurrence is when a web page is loading and it jumps around/scrolls up. This happens most often when the page finishes loading but can happen multiple times even when the page is still loading. If you use Chrome on your Android device, there's a simple way to stop this from happening. Here's how. Read More