How To Control YouTube Chromecast Playback From Control Center In iOS

Using a Chromecast from an Android device is a vastly superior experience compared to using the Chromecast from an iOS device. Chromecast integration is built in throughout Android and almost all Google apps support it. The same cannot be said about Google apps for iOS. iOS doesn't prioritize the Chromecast like Google does. Even if it allowed some leeway, iOS is still a very restrictive OS. Bit by bit though, Google is improving Chromecast support for its iOS app. A recent update now lets you control YouTube Chromecast playback from the Control Center in iOS. Read More

How To Manage 3D Touch Sensitivity On Your iPhone

3D touch on iPhones responds to pressure applied to the screen. The screen can tell when you tap it and when you apply pressure to as you would to a physical button. Of course, the screen is a grid of icons and not actual mechanical buttons. With mechanical buttons, you don't have to worry about how hard you tap the keys. With 3D touch, things are different. The screen is sensitive and it might be too sensitive for someone who is heavy handed. Here's how you can mange 3D touch sensitivity on your iPhone. Read More

How To Scan A QR Code With Chrome For iOS

Since the days of iOS 4, I've had a dedicated QR code scanning app on my phone. I don't use it very often but when I do need to scan a code, it is the best option available. There are quite a few QR code scanning apps available in the App Store but very few of them are well built. If you have Chrome installed on your iOS device, you no longer need a dedicated QR code scanning app. You can now scan a QR code with Chrome. Here's how. Read More

How To Edit The Up Next List When Playing Music On Shuffle In iOS

Our music libraries consist of two types of songs. Songs that we listen to over and over again, and songs that we like but don't listen to often. We're unlikely to delete these songs from our library because you never know when you might want to listen to it. It could happen. The shuffle mode on the Music app in iOS is a good way to keep cycling the music you listen to. You don't limit yourself to a small selection from your library and some of the other tracks on your phone get a chance to be heard. The Music app in iOS gives you some control over which track is played next in shuffle mode. You can edit the up next list when playing music on shuffle. Here's how. Read More

How To Pay Your iTunes Subscriptions From The Desktop

The great thing about services that have iOS and/or Android apps is that they integrate payment via iTunes or the Google Play Store. If you're trying to subscribe to a service that won't accept your mode of payment, iTunes and Google Play Store are an easy way to circumvent this. At times, iTunes simply refuses to accept your payment method despite it being valid. The safest bet in either case is to use the iTunes app on your desktop to make a payment. Here's how you can pay your iTunes subscriptions from the desktop. Read More

Find Your Legal Immigration Status In The US & Get Helpful Resources

Immigrants and visa holders in the US have been detained at airports and barred from entering after the country's newest executive order on immigration went into effect. Those that are residing within the country are threatened with losing their resident status and being deported. Muslim migrants from seven countries have been given a blanket ban. The legality and the execution of this order are both under question but there is general panic and worry. If you're an immigrant and not sure about where you stand after this order Immi is a little website that helps you find your legal immigration status in the US and gives you helpful resources should your resident status be threatened. Read More

How To Reset The System Volume On Startup [Windows]

When using a PC, we don't keep the volume set to a specific level. As per need, we might increase or decrease it, or mute the system altogether. Windows doesn't do anything to the volume and leaves it up to you to manage. Start Volume is a portable Windows utility that will reset the system volume on startup. You define what level the volume should be set, and the utility takes care of the rest. It is important to mention that it works only when you reboot your system. If you're PC is coming out of sleep or hibernation, the app will do nothing. Read More

How To Identify Clickbait On Facebook [Chrome]

You'll never believe what this Chrome extension does. It can identify clickbait on Facebook and save you from reading through a long, ad-laced list of outdated and/old/incorrect information. The extension is called This is Clickbait and it's available in the Chrome Web Store. It does two things; identify links shared on Facebook as clickbait or not clickbait, and for the slightly ambiguous links, it offers a clickbait score. Here's how it works. Read More

25 Best iOS Apps And Tips Of 2016

iOS 10 was released in 2016. The new iOS update introduced dedicated apps for the Messages app. Since then, the App Store has been flooded with neat little stickers that can be sent over iMessages. The new update also made a lot of tiny annoying changes to iOS and not everyone was happy. It sent users on a scavenger hunt to find ways to turn off a new feature or work around it. Between the bugs, the missing/new features, and new apps, it was a busy year for iOS. Here are the best iOS apps and tips of 2016. Read More

How To Sort Answers On Quora By Votes

Quora is a pretty great place to get advice on just about anything. It's like a reasonable Reddit where conversations don't devolve into puns and you can't be shadow banned. There are quite a few subject matter experts that contribute to discussions and offer their insight. The answers are sorted based on an algorithm which might not suit everyone. Quora Upvotes is a Firefox add-on and Chrome extension that lets you sort answers on Quora by votes. Read More

How To Set Up Two Factor Authentication From Your iPhone

Apple introduced two factor authentication back in 2013. It was a new layer of security that users could enable but Apple never pushed the feature. Come iOS 10.3, iOS will persistently ask you to set up two factor authentication. In fact, iOS 10.3 comes with a revamped Settings app that lets you set up two factor authentication from your iPhone (or iPad). You are no longer restricted to setting it up from your desktop. Here's how you can set up two factor authentication from your iPhone. Read More

How To Remove Trusted Devices From Your iPhone

You can use your Apple ID on multiple devices. Apple introduced two-factor authentication for Apple IDs back in 2013.  With two-factor authentication enabled, you can identify trusted devices for your Apple ID. These trusted devices do not require a verification code if you have two-factor authentication set up.  You can view all trusted devices by signing into your Apple ID on the desktop. Come iOS 10.3 you will have a new, revamped, Settings app that lets you set up two-factor authentication and remove trusted devices from your iPhone. Here's how. Read More

How To Password Protect Your Chrome Profile

Chrome collects a lot of information about our browsing sessions. We have the option to wipe everything Chrome has saved but that means a lesser browsing experience. On occasion, we can use Incognito browsing to keep some things private but our history and auto-fill data make browsing much easier. Of course, if this information were to fall into the wrong hands, it would mean trouble. Google Chrome has a neat little profile locking feature that lets you password protect your Chrome profile. They've hidden this feature pretty well but here's how you can set it up. Read More

How To Read ePub Files In Microsoft Edge In Windows 10

The Windows 10 Creators Update will add an eBook reader to Microsoft Edge. You will be able to buy and read eBooks in Edge. In addition to supporting eBooks, Edge will also be able to read ePub files. The files must not be protected in order for you to open them in Edge. Microsoft Edge has a reasonably good eBook reading interface and ePub files make use of it. Here's how you can read ePub files in Microsoft Edge. Read More

How To Go Live On Instagram

Instagram introduced a live broadcast feature some time ago. The company has been rolling it out to users all over the world in stages. Some users got the feature earlier than others and the roll out is still in progress. The feature is a clone of Periscope but unlike Periscope, your broadcast can be viewed so long as you're live on Instagram. Once it ends, the broadcast cannot be replayed or viewed again. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Free Up Disk Space With Storage Sense In Windows 10

Internal hard disks are large enough that the average user won't ever run out of space. Movies and the like are usually stored on external drives so that you only have documents or apps taking up space. That said, junk files can still accumulate on your drive over time and end up consuming significant storage space. Windows 10 has a new feature coming in the Creators Update called Storage Sense that proactively deletes junk files. Storage Sense in Windows 10 deletes temporary files saved by apps and it removes all items from the Recycle Bin that have been there for more than 30 days. Here's how it works. Read More

Delete All Text, Images, Videos, Or Voice Messages From A Single Thread In Whatsapp

Whatsapp lets you send text, images, videos, GIFs, and voice messages. These messages, whether you're sending them or receiving them take up space on your phone. You can free up space by deleting the images or messages you do not need. Alternatively, you can  delete an entire conversation thread. Deleting items from a chat thread has been done on a per-item basis. A new update to Whatsapp now lets you delete all images, text messages, GIFs, videos, and voice messages from a single thread. Here's how. Read More

Disable Fast Startup In Windows 10 For A Proper Shut Down

Windows 10 enables something called 'Fast start' by default. By the sound of it, Fast startup seems like a good thing. It's meant to make your PC boot faster after you shut it down. Given the hardware capabilities of PCs today, people do not shut down their PCs often. Of course, many users still believe you should turn your PC off. The benefits of this are a separate debate but if you prefer to shut your PC down and you're running Windows 10 with Fast startup enabled, you aren't really shutting your PC down. The Shut down button puts your system in a state that is a combination of hibernation and a full shut down. To get it to truly shut down, you have to disable Fast startup in Windows 10. Here's how. Read More

How To Select Fill Color For A Centered Wallpaper In Windows 10

Windows has quite a few customization options for the wallpaper. They've been a part of Windows since Windows 98 though they grew somewhat restricted in Windows 10. One feature to go missing from the wallpaper customization options was the ability to select the fill color for centered wallpaper images. This feature is making a comeback in the Creators Update for Windows 10. The Windows Insider Build 15014 already has the feature up and working. You can now use either Hex or RGB codes to select the fill color for a centered wallpaper in Windows 10. Here's how. Read More