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

Call Your Three Favorite Contacts From The Notification Center [iOS]

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iOS 9 introduced a 'suggestions' feature that is coupled with Spotlight search. When you swipe down to open Spotlight search, both contacts that you have recently been talking to, and apps that you recently used appear as suggestions. The feature makes it easy to revert to a 'previous' app making multi-tasking work better overall. Since the suggestions feature is dynamic and set to update to according to how you use your iPhone, you can't rely on it always show the contact you want to call at a given time. Swipe Dial is a free iOS widget app that lets you add your three favorite contacts to the Notification Center and call them. You can add more than three contacts, and message and Facetime functionality with an in-app purchase. Read More

Get Android Marshmallow’s Doze Feature On Older Android Versions

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Battery life is one of the major factors that we take into consideration when buying a smartphone. All smartphones, as far as the marketing for them goes, boast a ridiculously long battery life on a single charge but it's always far from the truth. Battery life depends on what apps you use on your phone and how long you use them. It also depends on which apps you allow to run in the background and how much they tax your battery while they are in the background. Android Marshmallow introduced a new feature called 'Doze' that helps conserve battery life by turning off background app refresh. The feature is fully automated and you can't decided when to turn it On or Off. All you can do is exclude certain apps from the Doze feature. If you're running an older version of Android, anything older than Marshmallow, and would like to use the feature, Doze is a free Android app that does the trick. You do not need to have  a rooted device for the app to work. Read More

Free eBook: Introduction To Windows 10 Security

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Microsoft had users on edge when reports of  it collecting data in Windows 10 surfaced. That initial impression has stuck around shadowing the many great new security features that the new operating system introduced. Security threats, whether you're talking about a personal computer or a network of systems in an office, are a huge concern. Those alarmed by the idea that Microsoft is spying on its users will be reluctant to upgrade to Windows 10 based on security concerns alone. If you're wondering whether or not Windows 10 is secure, or you work as a network administrator and need to convince the office to go for an upgrade, Introduction To Windows 10 Security is an ebook you should consider checking out. The book, normally priced at $24.95 is available for free to our readers. It not only compares the new security features available in Windows 10 to those in Windows 7 & 8, but also touches on how to mitigate risks of compromised accounts, improve account and app security, and manage your active directory in the cloud. Read More

The Complete Guide To How Torrents Work

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Torrent is a word fast becoming synonymous with piracy. Any time you read about music or TV show piracy being on the rise, you read about several sites that host torrents with the words 'illegal' and lawsuit often being mentioned. So what are torrent files? What is this evil that lurks in corners of the internet but promises free TV shows and music? We're taking a brief look at what a torrent file is, how torrents work, common terms used when talking about torrents, and whether or not they are legal. Read More

The Six Best Features In Firefox For iOS

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Firefox is now available for iOS. The browser that is hugely popular on desktops has been around on the Android platform for a while now. As of today, it is now available to download on an iOS device. Firefox has always had very powerful features on the desktop and the Android platform. With the iOS version it faces restrictions that it normally wouldn't face on other platforms, thus limiting what it can and can't do. That said, it's still managed to offer a few unique features and improve on those already offered by Safari and Chrome. Here's a look at the five best features in Firefox for iOS. Read More

Use The Mono Audio Channel For Better Sound When Using One Earbud

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Music helps us concentrate on work but with you can't always have your earbuds in when you're working. It annoys anyone who needs to talk to you. Simply getting your attention while you work and listen to music turns into a chore for people and it impedes work. The safe way to go about it is to perhaps only listen to music through on earbud. Listening to music with just one earbud doesn't make for a great experience but it doesn't have to be that way. Simply switch to the Mono audio channel and you will have an infinitely better listening experience through just one earbud. Here's how to switch to the Mono channel on iOS, Android, and Windows. Read More

Open A Time Limited Tab And Restrict Your Procrastination Browsing

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One more link, one more video, and one more image; that's how hours go by and nothing gets done. It's hard to not procrastinate and people go to great lengths to enforce barriers between them and their mode of procrastination. Employers will often block certain time wasting websites from being accessible in an attempt to boost productivity and that (sometimes) works. If however, you prefer to regulate yourself instead of being forced to be productive, there are a lot of tools out there that help you balance a quick break between work that needs to be done. Take a five is a little web app that lets you open a 'timed' tab. The tab lets you access any website you want but once the timer runs out, the tab will be closed without warning. Read More

Create A Profile Specfic Desktop Shortcut To Launch Chrome

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Chrome's support for multiple profiles allows a single user to run different browsing sessions side-by-side. It's also great if you're sharing a computer but would like to keep your search history (among other things) from mixing with the someone else's. You can create as many profiles as you want with Chrome since there are no restrictions there. The browser goes so far as to allow a master account to create and control other accounts though the feature is limited. Despite being able to create multiple profiles in Chrome, if you launch the browser it will always open with the 'default' profile. Here's how you can create a desktop or Taskbar shortcut to always launch a specific profile. Read More

Copy/Paste Spreadsheet Data And Convert It To HTML Tables

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HTML editors make it exceptionally easy to create a web page. The tools available ensure you never forget to close a tag, and that you don't accidentally apply an attribute where you don't mean to. The WYSIWYG editors make it all the easier to 'design' a web page. That said, even the best HTML editors can give you problems and that's where it helps to know how basic HTML works. One of the more complicated things you will do when writing HTML code is creating tables. Even with an HTML editor, you might find pasting data from a spreadsheet into an auto-generated table doesn't go smoothly. Meet TABELIZER, a simple utility that lets you copy and paste data from a spreadsheet (Excel, Google Sheets, Calc, etc) and converts it to HTML code. Read More

Crop, Resize, Optimize, And Add Text & Filters To A GIF

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GIFs, the animated ones, have more appeal than you would think. They can be used instructionally; a quick little GIF showing you how to hide the icons on your desktop is so much easier to watch than a video. They also make for a great witty comeback when you can't get the words right yourself. That said, many of us have to settle with using the GIFs that are available online because making one requires going through a few tutorials to learn how. EzGif is a little web app that helps make it easier for the average, unskilled, GIF user to resize, crop, optimize, split, add texts, and even filters. It's simple to use and that's basically the hook. Read More

Add Do Not Track Browsing In Any iOS App & Block Content

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Apps like Facebook and Twitter improve the in-app browser they offer so that it will load content faster, and display it better making it easier to read. That said there are still times when a link only opens in an actual browser like Safari or Chrome. Although a browser's primary function is to display a web page, it must do so securely. Browsecurely is an iOS extension that adds a secure browser to any and all apps the have a built-in browser. It stops links from tracking you but it also lets you block any content that you've blocked via Safari's content blocking feature (iOS 9 only). Additionally, it also remembers services you're logged into in Safari and doesn't force you to log into them again should you open a link in a different app. Read More

Sync Text Across Devices Over Your WiFi Network

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Syncing clipboard content across devices is something we often need to do and there are plenty of apps out there for just this purpose. These apps aren't just satisfied with syncing clipboard content; they'll back it up, sync it, keep your history, do your laundry, and much more. That said, I've never found an app or service that I liked enough to keep using. Running an app in the background or using a clunky app to sync text between my phone has never seemed 'easy', possibly because of the hundred or so other features that these apps come with. Savr is a little web app that exclusively syncs text across any and all devices over your WiFi network. You need to install absolutely nothing. The app will work in your browser, both on your mobile and your computer. All you need to do is copy and paste the text. Read More

Search And Compare Up To Five Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices By Features

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Fitness trackers have established themselves as exceptionally useful devices. Even with smart watches gaining in popularity, fitness trackers are still popular with new devices and new manufacturers entering the market. With each new device that enters the market, there are technological improvements made and new features introduced. InKin is a social fitness platform that has an incredibly amazing web app that lets you search for fitness trackers by features. The tool allows you to refine your search down to which mobile OS the device should work with, what health parameters it should track, and what price range it should lie in. The tool also lets you select and compare up to five different devices, making it easier to pick the right device. Read More

Swipe Left To Unsubscribe From A Newsletter On Your iPhone

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If there's one thing Tinder has proved it's that swiping left is the easiest way to reject something and never have to see it again. Tinder made swiping left synonymous with saying No and lots of apps that have been developed since use the gesture as though it were ordained by Apple or Google. Unroll.Me is no different; it's an app that connects with your email account and finds all the newsletters that you've subscribed to. It then presents each newsletter as a card that you can swipe left to get rid of and swipe right to keep receiving. It also comes with a Roll Up feature that lets you combine newsletters into one single daily digest for better and improved reading. Read More

Search For And Download Any Font With Just Its Name

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Typography is an important part of design and font choice is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to a design project. Regardless if you're image is meant to be printed as a poster, or used on a website, the font used will impact how an image is received. Fonts can make and break an image and it makes sense to invest some solid time looking for the perfect one. That said, sometimes you just find the perfect font used on a web page. You can easily look up what font is used using the web inspector but finding the font, more specifically, finding where you can download it, can be a problem. Get the Font is a simple web app that lets you search for a font and download it in your selected format. Read More

How To Create & Save Custom Cover Pages In MS Word

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MS Office comes with some very nice cover pages that you can use for official reports, dissertations, assignments etc. The covers provide placeholder elements that make up a cover page in different layouts. Some are picture heavy while others are minimal in design giving you a reasonable variety to choose from. That said, the covers meet generic needs and it's very obvious when you've used one.  If you'd like to create and use a custom cover page in MS office, here's how. Read More

Enable An On-Screen Grid To Arrange Windows More Easily

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Aero Snap is a very popular Windows feature that lets users easily arrange their windows on the screen. With Windows 8, the feature was improved on so that you could snap three windows the full vertical length of your screen. WindowGrid is a free Windows app that takes snapping windows to a whole new level. It adds a grid to your screen when you're rearranging a window and lets you snap the window into any arrangement with the aid of the grid. The grid is customizable so that you can use it effectively on both a small and large screen. Read More