Get Lyrics For Music In The Notification Center On Your iPhone

If there's one thing we all do, it's sing along to our favorite songs when we're sure no one is listening. Sometimes you just know the lyrics to a song, and other times you don't. Whatever the case, and whatever your need is, Musixmatch is a free iOS app that's puts the lyrics to whatever song you are currently playing, in the Notification Center. Musixmatch is itself a full fledged music player that can play the music in your library and it even fills in for album art where it's missing but its widget is what makes it stand out. You can play music in the default Music app, it can come from your library, iTunes Radio, or Apple Music, and Musixmatch will show you the lyrics. Read More

How To Freely Resize The Start Menu In Windows 10

The Start Menu in Windows 10 works in one of two standard sizes; full screen and regular. The regular size is limited in height but can be as wide as your screen if you have app tiles assembled to take up that much space. This allows the Start Menu to show you more app tiles and you don't have to scroll down too much to view all your tiles. It doesn't look that great though and if you're very selective about which tiles you have pinned to the Start Menu or you don't mind scrolling so long as the menu looks clean, you can shrink the width and height of the Start Menu almost exactly like you can with a regular app window. Here's how. Read More

Convert Time Zones For Up To Five Locations From Anywhere On Your iPhone

Work places have changed a lot and it's becoming more and more common for workers to be located in different cities, and even different time zones. Where this makes it super easy for talented people to work together without geographical restraints, it's a bit of a struggle for anyone who needs to make a phone call or schedule a meeting. Klok is a free iOS app that is a wonderful tool built to help you manage communication between different time zones. In addition to being beautifully designed, the app brings ease of access by working through a widget. Users can add up to five different time zones and chart the time difference between all five. Read More

Quickly Open Your Favorite Websites When You Launch Edge In Windows 10

As you may know that Windows 10 is shipping with a new browser; Edge. The new browser promises to be faster and is pretty much an attempt on Microsoft's part to get it's foot back in the browser game. So far, and because Edge is still only available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, there aren't any extensions/add-ons available for it. The good news is that it comes with certain built-in features that, were you to use a different browser, you would need an add-on or an extension to get. Edge allows you to choose what it opens when you first launch the browser. This can be the New Tab page, a blank page, or a set of websites. Here's where you can set it up so that it opens your favorite websites. Read More

Hide Photos On OneDrive From The Windows 10 Photos App

OneDrive has become an essential part of the Windows operating system in Windows 10. There is no getting rid of it and should you choose to not sign in to the app, it bombards you repeatedly with an alert to sign in. If you like OneDrive as a service and use it to back-up your files then this obviously isn't a problem for you although you might be surprised (or perhaps just annoyed) that photos you've backed up to and synced with OneDrive appear in the default Photos app. Here's how you can continue to back them up between systems but hide them from the Photos app. Read More

Override Fonts Used By Websites & Set Your Own Text Preferences [Firefox]

Websites, particularly those that feature text-based content instead of videos or images make it a point to be easy to read. Not all websites are that considerate though and some do choose down-right terrible fonts. Fortunately, with typography becoming more and more important, it's rare to see truly terrible fonts used. Where the letters themselves make for easy reading, they may appear too small to some. Whatever the case, if you prefer reading in a particular font or would like to just make the font a bigger size without zooming in the web page, Firefox lets you override the default font used by a website and set your own. Here's how. Read More

New Features In Firefox 39 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 39 rolled out a few days ago and it's exceptionally underwhelming as far as features go. If you're a fan of the recently introduced chat service 'Hello' you might have reason to rejoice. The new update lets you share a link to a conversation over social media. Android users might be a little happier though. The highlight of Firefox 39 for Android is the ability to paste items from Firefox's clipboard into editable web fields like search bars or forms. Apart from that, there's the introduction of 'SafeBrowsing' which checks files for malware before you download them. For developers, the highlight of Firefox 39 for desktop is that the web console now stores input history even after you close the toolbox. Read More

How To Hide The Task View Button From The Taskbar In Windows 10

Windows has always had a task view and Windows users have used it for ages via the Windows+tab keyboard shortcut. This task view lets us cycle through all open windows (on Windows 7 & 8/8.1) and quickly switch to a different one. With Windows 10, the task view in addition to showing us all open windows, also shows us the desktops we have open and lets us switch to and open other virtual desktops. It's presence is made more apparent in Windows 10 with the addition of a dedicated button next to the search bar. The Windows+Tab shortcut still works perfectly though. If you aren't a fan of the task view button, and prefer to stick to your keyboard shortcut using habits, you can hide it from the taskbar. Here's how. Read More

Download The Windows 10 Hero Wallpaper In Any Color

The latest Windows 10 build features a new wallpaper that users are loving. Normally, the default wallpapers on Windows (with the exception of the Windows XP wallpaper) aren't the kind that people normally go crazy over. That said, if you've seen the new wallpaper dubbed 'Hero' and would love to have it on your current system, there's a little app that not only lets you download the wallpaper, it lets you choose any color you like and gives you a 1080px image to download. Read More

Create Your Own Stickers To Use With Facebook Messenger [iOS]

Stickers have become exceptionally popular and are often used instead of emojis. They're cuter, more expressive, and animated. There's a fair number of apps out there that give you a rich library of awesome stickers to use. Snackshots is a new iOS app that lets you create your very own stickers, and send them over Facebook Messenger. Snackshots provides you a library of different characters that you can use.  They come in many different poses and you can add a background, and text to it, and send it to a Facebook contact. The app gives you lots of customization options; you can set the color and size of the text, choose from different fonts, and even change the color of the background you've selected. Read More

Bypass About:Config & Toggle Privacy Preferences From The Toolbar [Firefox]

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Firefox isn't just popular for it's awesome web development tools but also because it gives users a lot of control over what they can customize. The About:config page is a frequented area for many Firefox users when they need to tweak something or turn Off a feature they do not like. Privacy Settings is a Firefox add-on that simplifies editing some of the most popular preferences found on the about:config page. The add-on provides toggle switches for privacy preferences related to safe browsing, data collection, media encryption, and more. Read More

Get Up To Four Virtual Desktops On Windows 7

Not upgrading to Windows 10 but wishing you could maybe get one or two of its new features on your older Windows? If the feature you're pining for is virtual desktops, Virtuoz is a light-weight utility that can meet your needs provided they are fairly basic. It's a free app that lets you create up to four virtual desktops, and has keyboard shortcuts for quickly letting you switch between them. Update: Malware detected. Do not install. Read More

A Quick Look At The New Music App In iOS 8.4

iOS 8.4 has been released and the big news about this update is that it brings Apple Music to all supported devices. What those not interested in Apple News may not know is that it also means a fresh and very different look for the Music app. We're taking a quick look at the UI improvements that have been made to the app and will only be touching on Apple Music as part of the UI and not how great/terrible a service it is. Read More

Get App Icons On The Taskbar When Windows 10 Is In Tablet Mode

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Windows 10, in a bid to win back users who weren't happy with Windows 8/8.1 did so without sacrificing the user experience for everyone who had bought and was planning on using a Windows tablet. Windows 8 was widely criticised to be 'built for tablets' with desktop users as an afterthought. Windows 10 not only caters to both desktop and tablet users, it does so without taking anything away from either of the two experiences. The tablet mode is easy to switch to from the notification center drawer and the switch to it is fluid. That said, if you've tried the tablet mode out, you may have noticed that all the pinned apps from the Taskbar disappear even though the multitasking icon and other buttons remain present. This is actually a feature and part of the switch to tablet mode but if it bothers you, you can still get app icons on the taskbar when in tablet mode. Here's how. Read More

Get The Windows 7 Start Menu On Windows 10 [Paid]

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One of the most anticipated things about Windows 10 is the return of the Start Menu. It's changed quite a lot over the year with each new Windows 10 build that Microsoft released and is now (as per build 10130) a pretty decent mix of the old Start Menu in Windows 7 and XP and the Start Screen introduced in Windows 8/8.1. It's being received well but there's a chance that some still might not warm up to it. With Windows 8/8.1, developers were quick to roll out solutions that gave users the much missed Start Menu. In Windows 10, these apps become redundant if all you want is the Start Menu. If however, you don't like the new look of it and would still prefer something closer to what you had in Windows 7, Startisback++ is the solution. It's a windows app worth $2.99 with a 30 day trial that brings the Windows 7 Start Menu to Windows 10. Read More

Turn Off Scroll Over Inactive Windows In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a nice little feature it borrowed from OS X; when your cursor is positioned over an inactive window (regardless of which app the windows belongs to), you can use the mouse wheel or the trackpad to scroll the window up/down. The feature exists so that you don't have to switch between windows repeatedly and as far as OS X goes, it's quit popular. Windows users might respond to it differently though and if you find it creates more problems than it solves, here's how you can turn it off. Read More

Windows 10: Remove Widgets From The New Tab Page In Edge Browser

Internet Explorer has finally gone the way of the dinosaurs and just about everyone saw that coming. That doesn't mean Microsoft has left the browser wars or that it's actually dead. Microsoft has rolled out a new, rebranded, browser and it's called Edge. It's going to be released with Windows 10 and has a whole host of amazing features. The New Tab page in Edge has a speed dial feature that shows frequently visited sites, as well as suggested news content and widgets for the weather and scorecards for on-going sports events. The news and widgets are slow to load and can at times render the New Tab page unresponsive for a second. If you aren't a fan of the news or the widgets, here's how you can turn them off. Read More

Install An App APK On Your Android Device From The Desktop [Windows]

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One of the things I'm most envious about when it comes to Android is the ability to initiate an app download from the desktop version of the Google Play store and remotely install an app to any Android device associated with my account. I would kill to have something like that on iOS. Pure APK Install is a new Windows app from Pure APK; a service that lets you download app APKs from the Google Play store. The app works independently of its own service and lets you install any APK file on your system to your Android device. You don't need root access and you can choose whether an app is installed to the external storage or the device's internal memory. For anyone who has trouble downloading and installing apps on their device, Pure APK Install is a simple solution. Read More

Get Recently Opened Items On The Taskbar Without Pinning Them In Windows 10

The Taskbar is a long running feature of the Windows operating system and it survived Windows 8. It's where we multitask, switch between apps, pin our frequently used apps and, come Windows 10, it's how we will add new virtual desktops. Basically, the Taskbar was really important before but now it's going to get a whole lot busier. Choosing which apps appear on the Taskbar is tricky; you don't want a cluttered mess of app icons that overflow into a jump list and yet you still want to be able to access your frequently used apps. Windows 10 comes with a really awesome feature that automatically adds your more recent apps to the Taskbar and continually updates the list. This means you don't have to choose between which apps to pin but you will always have the apps you're currently working with the most on the taskbar. Here's where you can turn the feature on. Read More

Pin Your Favorite Websites To The Windows 10 Start Menu

A few days ago we touched on how you can pin your frequently used settings to the Start Menu in Windows 10. Doing so makes for faster access and will obviously be a time saver while you get used to the new Settings app. For those of you who have been keeping up with news about Windows 10, you might know that Internet Explorer as we know it is no more. When it ships at the end of July, Windows 10 will come with the new rebranded and much improved Edge browser (previously called Project Spartan). The new browser comes with lots of great new features including one that lets you pin you favorite apps to the Start Menu, much like you can with settings. Here's how it works. Read More