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

Arrange Photos In Your Facebook Post When Uploading Them From Your Phone

The photos we share on Facebook make up a huge part of how we interact with other people on the social network. Take the ability to post photos away from Facebook and you'd be left wondering what to there. Facebook knows just how important photos are and it makes a deliberate effort to give us a great photo sharing experience. It also buys apps like Instagram to make sure it owns all your photos. Photo sharing is of course a feature everyone uses and if you often post photos from your smartphone you might wonder how you can post them in the right order (appetizer, main course, drinks, and dessert). The Facebook app lets you arrange them easily whether you're posting them for the first time or editing a post after sharing them. Here's how. Read More

Add Comic Book Style Text And Speech Bubbles To Your Photos [iOS]

Adding text to photos is possibly the second most popular type of edits people make, second of course to applying filters. There are some exceptionally popular apps like Over and Photolettering that are popular because they give users wonderful fonts and complete control for playing with typography. Fork is a new app and social network that lets you add speech bubbles and comic book style elements to photos. The app aims to give photos a more comic-book like feel and comes with the stickers to boot. Here's a look at all the app has to offer. Read More

Fix Stuck Pixels On Your Screen By Flashing Bright Colors On It

The dreaded dead pixel is a nightmare and sometimes it's dead beyond resuscitation. Not all spots on your screen are dead pixels though; some of them might just be stuck and a stuck pixel has a better chance of being fixed than a dead one. There are several popular methods for fixing a stuck pixel on an LCD screen, one of which involves rapidly flashing different colors on your screen (or over the defected area) to fix it. Meet JScreenFix; a simple browser based app that provides a flashing screen for just this solution. Read More

Transfer Music & Videos To Your iPhone Without iTunes [Giveaway]

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For as long as I've loved the iPhone, I've hated iTunes with a vengeance. I've searched for a lot of solutions, any way to circumvent iTunes and painlessly transfer music from my PC to my iPhone but most solutions I've encountered were so complicated it was better to stick to iTunes. Meet WALTR; an app for both Windows and Mac that lets you send music and video files to your iPhone (or iPad) without needing iTunes and without having to jailbreak your iPhone. The files go to the native music and video apps on your device and play normally as if you had sent them using iTunes. What's more is you don't have to worry about the file format because WALTR supports a lot of them and takes care of any conversion that may be needed. You need only connect your device to your system with the charging cable, drag & drop the files, and in a matter of seconds they will be sent to your device. WALTR is a $30 app with a fourteen day trial and the developers have generously shared 3 licenses to give away to our readers. Update: The giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly. Read More

Set The Start Menu Color Based On Your Desktop Background In Windows 10

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As far as build no 10130 goes, Windows 10 has seemingly removed the ability to set any color as your desktop background and is instead limiting you to choosing one of the presets. That said, there's a really neat feature for setting the best color possible for the Start Menu based on the image you have as your wallpaper. Unfortunately, it's positioned so you're more likely to find it by accident instead of on purpose but the feature itself sets it up so that the Start menu will be more visually appealing. Here's where you can turn it on. Read More

View Which Apps Have Access To Your Webcam In Windows 10

Microsoft has really revamped how it presents settings to users and if you've been using the various preview builds that have been released this past year you might have noticed that the company is making a concentrated effort to simplify things. You have the Settings app where you can find most feature settings that an average user might need but the control panel is still alive and well for anyone looking to dig deeper. In Windows 10, an app needs your explicit permission before it can access your camera (or microphone) and the new settings app provides a very simple way to manage which apps have access to the camera. You can easily edit the list and revoke permissions for an app with a few clicks. Here's how. Read More

Recall A Sent Email With Gmail’s New Undo Send Button

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If you're a power user, you might already be familiar with the Undo Send feature that has been part of Gmail for a while. It's less known among average users because up until a few days ago, it was purely experimental. The feature has now graduated to the stable version of Gmail and it's a life saver for anyone who has ever accidentally hit the 'Send' button only to realize they forgot to attach a file or that they had only written the opening salutation in the email and nothing else. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Sideload Apps In Windows 10

Microsoft has finally seen the utility an app store; a certified place where users of its desktop and/or mobile operating system can find apps that are safe to download and do not come packaged with bloatware. An official app store helps developers as much as it helps ordinary users since it gives them a place that many users will turn to when searching for an app. They audience they get can help introduce their seemingly obscure apps. That said, Windows users are in a transition phase; we love the Windows Store but we're not quite used to being limited to one place for installing our apps. Anyone who wants to sideload a modern app will be met with a bit of a snag since Windows 10, by default, doesn't let you do so. Fortunately, it hasn't blocked that ability and for whatever reason you might have to sideload an app, here's how to do it. Read More

Search Imgur For Reaction GIFs From Inside Facebook Messenger

Imgur, while great for sharing images on Reddit is notorious for its very bad mobile apps. They recently released a fresh Android app and just a while before that overhauled their iOS app. The effort made on either one was unimpressive but Imgur still remains one of the biggest hoards of images available online. If you installed the app but are considering uninstalling it because it's so terrible you might want to keep it around because it lets you search for and send reaction GIFs from the Facebook Messenger app. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn On Developer Mode In Windows 10

Windows 10 is not yet available for general consumers. The current builds available from Microsoft are test builds aimed at seeing how users are responding to the features that are going to be part of the final version and also to gain feedback about what works and what doesn't. You might be surprised to learn that while the builds are notorious for not being user ready, plagued with bugs, and carrying the general advice tag that they shouldn't be used on your main system, they are not in fact geared towards developers. When you install one of the builds, you run it in normal mode. In order to turn on developer mode, you need to tweak a little setting. Here's where to look for it. Read More