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

Choose The Light Or Dark Side To Get A Star Wars Theme For Google Apps

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The new Star Wars movie is soon to be released and it's likely going to be one of the biggest movies of the year. The franchise has a huge following and the official promotions aside, people are showing their support and excitement for the movie in different ways. Google has launched dark and light Star Wars themes for its apps. Users can choose which side of the force they're on and the apps will reflect it accordingly with updated icons and UI colors, and backgrounds. There are a few limitations to it though; you can't use a company or school Google account to choose a side. You can only use a Gmail account. Read More

Print Only Select Cells In A Sheet By Defining A Print Area In Excel

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An MS Excel spreadsheet can have a thousand rows and a thousand columns. The horizontal and vertical scroll bars, the cell address bar, not to mention the zoom control, make it easy to navigate a large sheet. The problem is, the more rows and columns you have in a sheet, the harder it is going to be for you to print it. It's almost impossible to manage printing a large Excel spreadsheet. The print preview doesn't offer too many tools to make it easy and it's often hard to tell which cells will appear on one page, and which will be carried over to the next. Couple this with a large number of rows and columns and you've got a mess on your hand. If you have a large Excel spreadsheet that you'd like to print only a small portion of, but without too much hassle, here's how you can tell the program to print only pre-defined cells. Read More

Track Habits Like Calories To Develop & Reinforce Them [Giveaway]

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Weightloss and dieting are considered one the hardest things to stick to. For anyone wanting to lose weight, or bulk up, it's hard to follow a taxing new exercise routine and watch what you eat. Those who are beginning to take their first steps towards fitness will find that there are a slew of services, apps, and communities that they can turn to for help, support, and advice. For other habits that get less attention, there isn't much out there in terms of a helpful app. Meet HabitBull, an app dedicating to helping you track your habits and stick to them. The app has been available on Android for well over a year and we reviewed it back in May 2014. HabitBull has a whole new look is now available for iOS. The developers are generously offering a free upgrade to premium to our readers. Details at the end. Read More

Reload Broken Images In Firefox Without Refreshing The Page

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Internet Explorer gets slack for a lot of things; being too slow, being a security risk, not supporting CSS well, causing your system to slow down, causing WW 2, etc. I stopped using Internet Explorer years ago but I do remember one particular 'feature' that it had, that neither Chrome nor Firefox support. It was a feature that allowed  you to reload a broken image and it was beyond helpful. Consider yourself going through a large photo album on Imgur of a really great DIY project and finding out that a few images didn't load. The only thing you can do is refresh the page and wait for the images to download fresh. Image Context Menu is a Firefox add-on that adds a 'reload' option, among others, to the right-click context menu. With the add-on installed, you can individually reload broken images, or images that failed to download without reloading the whole page. Read More

Enable Compression Tool In VLC Player To Fix Movies With Loud Action And Quiet Dialogue Sounds

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Interstellar is an excellent movie that I got to see in a theater with surround sound. I'd recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat even though I still have my doubts about what Matthew Mcconaughey was saying at times and I'm partially deaf from the loud sound track. This is, unfortunately, a thing with some movies. Literally every sound from a car stopping suddenly to the phone ringing, is super loud but when the actors talk, it sounds as though the movie were filmed in a library during working hours. It's annoying and most people who watch movies on their computers will resort to increasing and decreasing the volume to spare their ears. If you use VLC player though, it has a compression tool that you can enable and it will fix the problem altogether. Here's how it works. Read More

How To View All Photos Sent Over An iMessages Conversation Thread

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There are a lot of messaging apps available for iOS but I've never really been sold on any of them. iMessages is my go-to app for messaging even though it doesn't work when I need to message someone who uses an Android phone. That said, my one reason for preferring iMessages over all other apps is that I know I can use it to send high quality photos and videos from my phone. The photos and videos aren't compressed and I don't have to worry about them not being sent/received. iMessages maintains a complete history of your conversation, including images, unless you choose to delete them yourself. This means you can scroll to the top and read older messages. If you aren't concerned with the text-based conversation you've had over an iMessages conversation thread and would simply like to see the photos and videos that have been exchanged, you don't need to load older messages to do so. There's a simpler way. Read More

Stop The ‘Sign In’ Tab From Opening Every Time You Launch Chrome

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Syncing is a very popular, and exceptionally useful feature in Chrome that lets you sync your browsing history, bookmarks, autofill data, and even apps and extensions to any Chrome browser that you sign in to. The Sync feature is available on both desktops and mobile apps. All you need to sync your settings and information is a Google account. On the desktop Chrome insists, very forcefully, that you sign in and sync your information. For private systems, the sync feature is absolutely great but if you're ever using a computer that isn't exclusively used by you signing in might lead to your information being seen by someone else. You might want to avoid signing in under the circumstances. There's also a chance that you don't find the feature useful at all in which case Chrome persistently asking you to sign in every time you open the browser may be more than annoying. Here's how to get it to stop. Read More

Check Who’s Received & Read A Message In A Whatsapp Group

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The great thing about text messages is that they don't send a 'Seen' report back to the original sender. You can always ignore a text message and if your carrier has the right kind of bad reputation, you can even get away with saying you never got a message. Just about any messaging service that sends messages over the internet has a 'seen' feature; iMessages, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, etc all make it hard to avoid conversations. It's hard to ignore a message in a one-on-one conversation though it is much easier to do so in a group chat. If you use Whatsapp and often have long conversations in groups, you might want to know if certain messages were read by all members of the group or not. Here's how you can check. Read More

How To Edit System Environment Variables For A User In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a new Settings app and it's kind of confusing for anyone switching to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Perhaps even Windows 8 users will struggle with it because Windows has always had the control panel. The control panel was one place where you could manage your computer's settings but with the Settings app, there are now two places where you can do that. What makes it more difficult to adjust to is the fact that some things can only be changed from the Control Panel but have to be accessed from the Settings app. If you're looking for a way to edit environment variables for a particular user, you might feel a little lost trying to find the setting. Here's a brief look at how you can set edit environment variables in Windows 10. Read More

How To Set A Custom Date Format In Windows

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There are two widely used date formats in the world; one that puts the day first, followed by the month, and then the year. The second puts the month first, followed by the day, and then the year. These formats are a regional thing so when you install Windows, it automatically sets the date format to the popular/default one for your region. If, for any reason you feel the default date format, whether it's the long date or the short one, should be different you can easily change it. Here's how you can change the default date format in Windows and set a custom one. Read More

Get Only Recent News & Articles In Google Search By Defining A Date Range

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Keeping up with news, whether it's a global event, a new device being released, the first trailer to a much anticipated movie, or just reading up on the latest bug plaguing your phone is pretty easy. You can Google just about anything though Google doesn't always rank news items or even tutorials by how recently they were published. When it comes to anything that isn't explicitly news related, Google will use other parameters when showing you relevant search results. This can be a problem when you need to find information that is recent and more relevant to your search. To confine the search results to be from a particular time period, you can use the search tools to define how recent they should be and even set a custom date range for them. Here's how. Read More

Get A Bar That Shows Active & Completed Downloads In Firefox

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Firefox has gone through a lot of design changes in the past year. It's grown more and more minimal allowing for maximum space to be taken up by a web page. It did away with a lot of bars and buttons that were part of the interface a few years back giving users a much neater browser to work with. One of the major UI changes that Firefox made was to kill the downloads bar and replace it with a single Downloads button. The button, when clicked, reveals a pop-up menu that will show the progress of active downloads and recently completed downloads. Download Bar is a Firefox add-on that brings back the downloads bar. It not only shows you all completed downloads but also those in progress. The downloads are color coded so that completed and active ones are easier to distinguish. Read More