Get A Five Second Window To Take Back An Embarrassing Facebook Post

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We've all done it at some point in our lives; whether it was in a fit of rage, the throws of passionate heartbreak, or just being plain intoxication, we've all at some point in our lives posted something on Facebook only to regret it later. It's the same with emails, tweets, and text messages and there are very few services that offer us a way to take it back, or re-think our decision. Gmail is great in that it has a delayed sending feature you can enable which waits a minute before sending the email even after you've hit the Send button. Facebook, the nucleus of our social life could do with something similar and Facebook Undo does exactly that. It's a Chrome extension that works in the background and gives you a five second countdown to reconsider posting an update after you've hit the Post button. Read More

Delete Browsing History Related To A Specific Query [Chrome]

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We all know how to delete our browsing history, and that if we're going to look up something that is likely to upset someone should they see it, there is always Incognito mode. Of course, there's still some searches that are completely harmless like when you're shopping for gifts and you don't use Incognito mode or when you accidentally watch lots of YouTube videos at work in the normal browsing mode. Now you have two choices; delete every incriminating link one by one, or delete your entire browsing history for the day. Neither are really great because one is time consuming while the other is very final in its effects. Here's how you can delete your browsing history in Chrome for a particular website, or search in under thirty seconds without needing any extensions or third-part history purging apps. Read More

Manually Adjust White Balance, Shutter Speed, ISO, & More With Reuk [Paid]

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Just a few days ago we showed you how you could adjust the focus and exposure in the Camera app in iOS 8. We talked about how before iOS 8 allowed users to adjust the exposure separately, people relied on third-party apps to do it. It wasn't so much a hardware limitation as it was a software one. With iOS 8, Apple gave developers more control over the camera; specifically it allowed developers to control exposure, white balance and focus. Reuk is an iOS app worth $0.99 in the App Store that takes advantage of this. It gives you full control over the ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and white balance. You can also manually set the focus point, and a built-in level adjuster shows you if you're holding the camera at the correct level or not. The app comes with a great flash feature, and timer. Read More

Create A To-Do List And View Day, Month, & Year Time Progression [Chrome]

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It's a new year, and no doubt everyone is starting out on a positive note. New Year's resolutions should still be fresh and the usual suspects are going to be on the list; be a better person, eat healthy, exercise more, finally catch up on my email. Where many personal goals are being considered for new year resolutions, people are going to be hunting for big and small ways to make accomplishing goals easier. One simple way is of course a to-do list and if you use Chrome, Prioritab is an extension that might be just right for the occasion. It lets you add tasks and create a to-do list. Obviously there is nothing remarkable about that but the extension takes over your New Tab page. Each time you open a new tab, you will see how much of the day, the month, and the year as already passed and that is meant to serve as a kick in the pants to get to work Below this ticking time clock your tasks are listed so you know what needs to be done. Read More

Play Music From Any Folder Or Your Music Library In Firefox

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A good while back we did a post on how you can play local music in Google Chrome. Music files are just one of the many file types that can be opened, in this case played, in your browser without needing any plug-ins. Browsers aren't the most feature rich media players though so queuing files or creating playlists isn't possible. That's where add-ons come in. Local Music Player is a Firefox add-on that can read all music files in any folder or library, and queue the files to play. You can play a single track, or have the add-on play them all. The player itself is very basic and lacking loop and shuffle features. Read More

Generate Strike-Through, Upside Down, Small, & Wide Spaced Text

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Text editors, whether they're desktop apps like Word or Notepad or online apps like Google Docs are for writing simple text. MS Word supports writing subscripts and superscripts and text that's been struck out but that is as far as it goes. Strictly speaking from a productivity and effective communication point of view, all you really need is to write simple text, at the most you will need to underline it. If what you're writing isn't meant to serve a productivity related function, and you're just looking for fun ways to write text then your regular text editor won't do the trick. Here's a list of websites that you can use to quickly generate strike-through, upside-down, small subscript, and very wide spaced text. Read More

How To Use Your Android Phone More Comfortably If You’re Left-Handed

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Being left-handed is a stigma in some societies. Often social construct, religious beliefs, or even out-dated scientific research will tell you that it's not good to be left-handed. Everyday items of use like ringed notebooks and scissors are built to be used by the 90% of the population who are right-handed. You would think that as more and more advances were made in technology, things would get easier for those with different needs but even smartphones are meant to be used by the vast majority of right-handed people with little regard to those who are left-handed and would enjoy texting with one hand just like the rest of us. For Android users, there is actually hope because a built-in developer function allows users to enable a Right-to-left mode which will flip everything such as which side of the screen switches and buttons appear, as well as which way your home screen pages and notifications are swiped. Read More

Import Your MS Office Dictionary To A Different PC Or Fresh Install

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Switching to a new PC is a daunting task that means installing lots of of apps again, and setting things up the way you had them on your old system. Setting up a new PC to work like your old one isn't an easy task but what's more time consuming is when your apps have to learn from scratch what your preferences are, or rather when you have to teach them that. This isn't that hard for apps that have an online service working at their backend but when we're talking about an app that functions entirely on our desktop with no way to export and import settings and user preferences, we run into a problem. MS Office now has an online version but it doesn't do much by way of importing or exporting settings and this can be a problem when you have something like the dictionary you created on your old system over the years. Here is how you can port your MS Office dictionary, complete with every change you've ever made to it, from your old PC to a new one. Read More

Use Exposure And Color Point Control To Create Unique Filters [Android]

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Filter apps for photos are common. Some might offer a few unique filters but it's safe to say that the market is well saturated. The only point where most apps can compete on is the quality and intensity of the filters that are applied and what kind of customization is available. Instagram competes well enough there. A few updates ago, the app added the ability to control how intensely a filter was applied. Shift is another addition to this niche and it takes a pretty unique approach to filters; it lets you pick colors and exposure levels and then choose between random filters to apply to a photo. The color you choose is highlighted or muted in the filter and you can manage the level of exposure to create something unique. Different points on the image itself are chosen as reference when the color selection is made so that you always come up with a unique filter. Filters you like can be saved as presets and applied to any other image. Read More

Select Which Image Will Appear When You Tweet A Link

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If you share links on Facebook and/or Google Plus, both will automatically extract the best image from the link to serve as a thumbnail or preview of what you're sharing. The image that is automatically picked is the best size to serve as a preview but you can cycle through the different images available on the link and pick a different one to serve as the preview. It's a pretty good feature that allows anyone sharing content to promote it more easily. Twitter unfortunately doesn't have anything similar and it will pick link preview thumbnails itself. Tweetshot is an amazing little service that lets you tweet a link and pick which image is used as the preview. You aren't restricted to the image appearing at the link itself; you can upload an image from your desktop (like you can on Facebook), or you can add an image from a URL. Read More

Pause And Resume Large Uploads When Transferring Files Online

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File transfer and file sharing are definitely one of the most saturated niches in the online services area. We have big names and little names in the mix; Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, Box, WeTransfer, Jumpshare, the list can go on forever. With so many services already working, any new names in this niche, and often the existing ones, will come out with features that support file sharing and make it better. Collaboration, security, syncing, and file version control are just some of the things that are offered and it's fairly hard to come up with something that hasn't already been thought of. Dropjar is a new name in this niche; it tries to tie together P2P sharing, and the pause and resume feature you have available to you when you download files using a torrent client. The service however, isn't P2P transfer and users are uploading files to the service with the ability to pause the upload any time. Once the upload is finished, the service will send the file to a pre-entered recipient's email. It will also give you a link to your file so you can share it over an instant messaging service. Read More

How To Set Focus And Adjust Exposure In The iOS 8 Camera App

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Apple regularly adds something new to make the camera on the iPhone better with each successive model. With the past few versions of iOS, Apple has also been making improvements to the camera app. Features like panoramic photos, a timer, time-lapse video recording, and even filters have been added. With iOS 8 the most noteworthy addition to the Camera app was the ability to set focus and exposure separately. This isn't something only newer devices can do. Long before Apple added this ability to the camera app, lots of apps in the App Store existed that allowed you to set focus and exposure separately. Now that it's a stock feature, users won't have to hunt down a good app to achieve this. Here's how you can set the focus and exposure in the Camera app in iOS 8. Read More

Turn Videos Into GIFs On An iOS Device, Control Playback & Frame Rate

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Sharing a video is something that was confined to desktops where we would upload what we had created or recorded live to Facebook or YouTube and share it with the world. That's changed considerably now; apps like Vine have made video sharing really easy and Instagram soon picked up on the flow. Both apps and services have given users a quick video sharing platform. Vines and Instagram videos are still videos which means they are going to be relatively large files. Gyf is a free iOS app that can record a ten second video, or take one from your camera roll and turn it into a GIF. The file can be uploaded to your GYF profile and shared. Unfortunately saving it to your camera roll isn't possible and saving it to your local drive requires jumping through a few hoops. What sets the app apart though is that you can manage the frame rate and how fast or slowly the GIF plays all from the app and sharing the GIF is made easy with Facebook and Messenger integration. Read More

Facebook’s Stickered App Lets You Add Stickers To Photos Live

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Facebook has released a new app called Stickered for Messenger. Surprise. Surprise. The app is meant to work as a partner app for Facebook's Messenger; it allows you to add stickers to photos. The Messenger app itself will let you draw on a photo, and it will allow you to send a sticker as a message but Stickered will let you add as many stickers as you want live to your camera. The stickers feature all those available on Facebook and in the Messenger app. You can add multiple stickers, and postiion and resize them. Once a photo has been snapped, it can be shared directly to the Messenger app. Read More

Are Heart Rate Monitoring Apps Really Accurate? We Put Them To The Test

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Health has become the focus of many new gadgets with personal fitness bands growing increasingly popular. Health apps have become a stock feature in both Android and iOS and long before that happened, developers had been working to put the these devices to better use. There have long existed apps that claim to measure your heart rate using nothing more than the front and/or rear camera on your phone. People obviously have their doubts about apps like this because measuring medical information can't be that simple. I've personally tried to 'fool' these apps and those that claim to measure heartbeat by scanning one's face are quite easy to fool with nothing more than a picture placed in front of it. We did however decide to give these apps a chance; see if they really can measure a person's heart rate and how accurate the reading is. Read More

Tunity Is A Shazam-Like App That Sends TV Channel Audio To Your Device

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Shazam is a very popular service that helps identify songs. All you need to do is let the service listen to a small snippet of what's playing on the radio or on TV, or maybe blaring out from someone's headphones, and it can correctly identify the song. Tunity is an app for iOS and Android that does something much like that but for TV channel audio. Think of any scenario where you're sitting staring at a muted TV. The news might be on, a re-run of your favorite movie or series, or maybe just a really interesting documentary. Unfortunately, given the place you are, the audio is muted. That's where Tunity comes in; it lets you scan the TV screen, and streams the audio from that channel directly to your Android device or iPhone. Read More

Modify The Google Now Gesture To Launch Apps Or Perform Other Actions

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Mobile operating systems will often reserve a certain functionality for a stock feature. An example of this is how iOS allows only the camera to be accessible from the lock screen, and how Android Lollipop similarly  only allows access to the camera and dialer app. With the camera, no one grudges the OS owning how it is accessed. Both operating systems go much further reserving swipe up and swipe down functions on all screens but with Android you can change it very easily. Now Gesture Tweaks is an Android app that lets you change the default swipe up function reserved by the default Google Now launcher. The app has a free version and a premium version. The free version is limited to only letting you select which app is launched, open all apps, or open the notification center when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. The premium version lets you do much more. The app doesn't require a rooted device but if your device is rooted, you will get extra functions that you can assign to the swipe up gesture. Read More

Clear The Recent Files List In MS Office Apps

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MS Office keeps a list of recently accessed files for each app in its Office suite. It's super useful if you're working on different files at the same time, and constantly switch between which one is open. Not only does it make it easier to locate a file you want to open, but it also makes the list accessible within other dialog boxes in the respective app so that you can link to it etc. As useful as the list is, it does lose its utility when it starts showing documents that you no longer need to access. Here's how you can clear the list and start a fresh one in any Office app. Bear in mind that the process is different for MS Office 2003 - 1020, and different for Office 2013. Read More

How To Access The Medical ID On iOS 8 In An Emergency

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The Health app in iOS 8 is a huge deal for both users and developers. The past few years saw the gadget world explode with personal health and fitness trackers and with the Health app and Health Kit, those amazing devices can feed the information directly to one of the most popular phones. Where the app is amazing for letting us connect our favorite fitness devices, it also adds something very essential to the iPhone; an emergency contact sheet. We've been saving ICE (In case of emergency) numbers to our phones for ages but the Health app has allowed a proper Medical ID to be created. It includes numbers to contact during an emergency, as well as details of any medication an individual might be on, pre-existing conditions, allergies, and their blood group. You can create the ID in the Health app and here's where you can access it from the lock screen in an emergency Read More

OftenType: Create Custom Keys To Enter Email, Phone Number, & Names [Paid]

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As phones evolved, the generic keypad that we used to type texts was soon replaced. First by physical QWERTY keyboards, and then by on-screen keyboards that, as our phone screens grow bigger, make typing more comfortable. With the advent of on-screen keyboards and open systems like Android, newer ways to make typing easier were invented signaling the start of third-party keyboards. Developers created keyboards that had added features to make typing easier and OftenType is one excellent attempt at creating a keyboard that makes it easier to enter redundant information like your phone number or an address. It is a $1.99 iOS app (requires iOS 8.1 or above) that lets you can create custom keys for phone numbers, addresses, names, and more. A simple tap on the key will allow you to enter an email address or a street address without having to type it all out. Read More