How To Turn Off Alerts For Group Messages On LinkedIn

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LinkedIn's messaging system doesn't do the network justice. Given that the network is aimed at professionals, the messaging feature is just a disappointment. The group messages are the worst; you can be added to a massive group and there is no administrative level control on who can send a message to the entire group. People you aren't connected to will send messages to the group about just about anything and you will get an alert for it. While there is an option to 'delete' the conversation, you remain a part of the group and any new messages that are sent to this group reappear in your inbox.  The only way to stay sane and not be bothered by the spam is to turn off alerts for these group messages. Here's how. Read More

How To Force Windows 10 To Upgrade To The Latest Build

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The November 2015 build of Windows 10 i.e., build 1511 was one a lot of people were looking forward to. Not only did it introduce new features but it also fixed quite a few bugs. The only problem with the build was that it didn't roll out for everyone. People are still waiting on it. If you aren't sure what build you're running you can use the version check tool to find out. If you're running an older build and Windows is continuously telling you that it's up to date, it's time to force your hand and force the update. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Rid Of Maliciously Injected Ads In Chrome For iOS

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iOS sandboxes apps which means an app, if it's malicious in itself and has managed to get past the App Store, cannot mess with or access data stored in another app. With any iOS device, it's assumed with good reason that your browser cannot be hijacked by some other app, or indeed even by a malicious website but if you're using Chrome, that might not be true. Back in December 2015, I experienced first-hand ads being injected on websites that I accessed in Chrome on my iPhone. The device isn't jailbroken and the website I was visiting at the time was one I had visited often in the past without an ad ever appearing. It took a two months to get to the bottom of where the ads were coming from but I ultimately realized it was cookies that were responsible for it. Read More

Check If Tap Water Is Safe To Drink In A Country

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Travelling broadens the mind but it can also upset the stomach. Travelling means getting to experience other cultures and part of that is trying food that is foreign to you. You can keep yourself in good health by eating well and eating light but there is one more thing you should be weary of; water. We're talking about drinking water and tap water, and whether or not the two can be synonymous in the country you're visiting. For some countries, particularly third-world ones, it might be a given to not drink water that hasn't been treated but if you're ever wondering whether or not tap water in a particular place is safe or not, Is the water safe to drink is a web app that will tell you. Read More

How To Check The Build Number In Windows 10

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Windows 10 build updates have introduced a few new features and quite a few improvements to the OS. The latest stable builds work better than what was originally passed off as the first stable version of Windows 10 in July 2015. If you haven't seen any stability improvements or any of the new features that the later builds have introduced despite your OS being up to date, it might be you're running an older build of Windows 10. Here's where you can check the build number. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable The New Material Design Downloads Page In Chrome

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Google is giving many of its products a material design makeover. Chrome for the desktop is about to receive one such update where the Downloads page has been revamped with a Material Design look. The new layout might become the default design when Chrome 49 makes it to the stable channel but if you'd like to get it early or would like to know how to disable it the second it becomes the default for the stable channel, we've got you covered. Read More

Record A Screencast And Save In MP4, AVI, OGG, WebM, Or GIF Format

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Screencasting apps are no longer rare and it's easy to find an app that will record screencasts with no time limits on how long a video you can record. You're practically spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an app and VClip is just another screencast app that you ought to consider. The app stands out by offering users a rich choice in output formats. It supports saving in MP4, OGG, WEBM, AVI, and GIF formats. While MP4 and GIF formats are both become common with screencasting apps, the others are rare to come by. The app uses FFMPEG to encode videos and the output, regardless of which format you select, is excellent. VClip also lets you select the frame rate for recording. It comes with three frame rate presets to choose from. Read More

Trigger Actions Across Multiple Apps To Automate Your Workflow With Zapier

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Productivity is not a one-app job. Over the course of a normal workday, we use different apps to get things done and often our tasks are redundant. The only way to deal with redundant work is to automate it and Zapier is an app that helps you connect productivity apps like Slack, Salesforce, Trello, and more. The app lets you define events that, when they occur in one app, will in turn trigger actions in one or more apps. What sets these event triggers and their actions apart is that it isn't limited to being a simple trigger and action between two apps, instead, one trigger can cause an action across multiple apps. Read More

Find Nutritional Information For Food Measured In Teaspoons, Cups, & Single Pieces

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The quantity of a food item is important when you're trying to determine how many calories there are in what you're eating, or the ingredients you're using to cook. Looking up nutritional information is easy enough since there are so many websites with extensive databases on food and nutrition available. The only problem with the information is that it's always given for a set quantity and you have to then estimate, divide and multiply, to get an approximate nutritional value. Spelt is a web app that will give you detailed information for food measured in teaspoons, cups, or even single pieces. Read More

5 Popular MS Office Tips From 2015

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Microsoft's Office Suite has no parallel. Google tries with its cloud documents option, and the iWorks Suite of apps does come close but Office has been around for ages and it's grown into an exceptional product. Knowing how to use the basic Office apps is often a prerequisite for many jobs and what might get you a shoe-in, or perhaps make your work easier and more presentable is if you know your way around these apps better. We covered a few tips for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in 2015 and here are the five best. Read More

New Features In Firefox 44 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 44 is out for both desktop and Android with few noteworthy features for end users. Developers are likely to appreciate the slew of new animations tools added in the web console on the desktop version. For Android users, there's the ability to set a custom home page and hide the speed dial i.e. Top Sites panel. Firefox for iOS did not receive a simultaneous update however, it has been updated twice this month, once with bug and security fixes, and once with two major feature additions to the app. You can now request the desktop version of a website and use third-party password managers on iOS. Here's a detailed look at the major new additions in Firefox 44. Read More

Permanently Hide The Facebook Page Posts That Your Friends Share

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Facebook pages can be very informative and they can be very annoying too. You have to weed out the bad ones and a good Facebook page can quickly, and very easily, turn into a bad one. On a personal level, you can simply unfollow a page and you no longer have to look at the rage inducing or mind numbing content it shares but what do you do if your friends share it? You can unfollow a friend but then all their activity, the stuff you might want to keep up with, will stop appearing in your feed. The answer is to block the annoying pages they share content from and you'll never have to look at it again. Here's how. Read More

Stream Live Video From Your Phone’s Camera To Chromecast

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An old out-dated smartphone can be utilized as a security camera. It's one of the most commonly suggested uses for devices that are no longer receiving firmware updates but have, otherwise, great hardware that is likely to go to waste. The devices aren't worth selling and can't be traded in so they're best used as a baby monitor or just a way to remotely keep an eye on your pets. Another pretty awesome use for the device is to use it as a webcam or if you have a Chromecast, you can use it to transmit a live video from the camera to a TV on your network. Here's how. Read More

How To Watch A 3D Movie With A VR Headset

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TVs have come a long way from the heavy, square, CRT screens they were years ago. Besides being slimmer, no longer needing a copper cable connection, and having exceptionally better resolutions, they've also gotten smart. Screens are so sophisticated now that you can watch a 3D movie all from the comfort of your home. The only thing stopping you is the price tag on these awesome screens which, given that the technology is still new, is a big one. That doesn't necessarily mean you can't watch a 3D movie at home. If you have a low end VR headset at home, it's actually pretty easy to do. Here's how you can watch a 3D movie with a VR headset. Read More

Watch Music Videos For The Songs In Your iTunes Library [iOS]

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Music takes up substantial space on our phones. Rarely, if ever, would you save a music video to your phone because it takes up considerably more space and the videos are on YouTube anyway. Perhaps what you might like better is if you could just jump to the music video for one of your favorite songs without having to search for it. Vusic is a very simple and very awesome free iOS app that syncs music from your iTunes library and lets you watch official music videos for all songs that have one. The videos are played from YouTube. Vusic doesn't download the videos and instead streams them live when you want to watch one. Read More

VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Headset Review

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Virtual Reality headsets are slowly entering the mainstream market. Smaller, cheaper sets in the form of Google Cardboard have been out for a while and 2015 saw the much anticipated Oculus Rift go on sale for a whopping $600. The set is riding on the high end of the VR headset market requiring users to own a desktop running the latest hardware. Between Google Cardboard and the Oculus Rift there are countless VR headsets currently available for anyone who wants to enjoy a VR game or an immersive VR experience without spending a lot of money and the VR Shinecon is one very good option. We took the headset for a test spin and here's our review of the device. Read More

20 Popular Web Apps & Tips From 2015

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A good web app can replace a desktop app and often, it's just better to have a go-to web app for something quick instead of installing a specialized one on your desktop. In 2015, one of the most popular web apps that debuted was the Imgur GIF maker but there were also the smaller, less famous ones that let you check if you needed to visit an optometrist, and help you find a new anime to watch based on the ones you like. Here's our list of the top twenty web apps and tips reviewed in 2015. Read More

Enter Obscure & Common Mathematical Symbols From iOS Keyboard [Paid]

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The default iOS keyboard has buttons for standard mathematical functions i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For any other symbol you might need to enter, you normally have to copy and paste them from some place. MathBoard is a $0.99 app for iOS that is meant to meet any and all mathematical symbol needs. It's a third-party keyboard app that has every common and obscure mathematical symbol you might ever need to enter including Pi. Read More

You Can Do Quick Calculations From Inside Spotlight In iOS

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What smartphone doesn't have a calculator app built into it? Even old feature phones had them as did those really cool wristwatches that were popular at some point. If you're picky about how the calculator app that came bundled on your phone looks or which features it has, you can download a different and exponentially better one for free. If you use an iOS device though, there's one thing you can't supplement and that's the ease of use that certain native features have in the OS. In this case, if you don't want to fumble around on your home screen tabs, folders, or the control panel, and want to be able to access a calculator anywhere, you can use Spotlight because it can do basic math problems. Read More

How To Natively Loop Videos On YouTube To Play Repeatedly

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If I ever have a song stuck in my head, my go-to solution for getting rid of it is to listen to it on repeat a million times. I normally use YouTube to listen to the song because I know it's going to be there and it's just super easy to find. What has been slightly less easy in the past is setting a video on YouTube to loop. It has an auto-play feature that will automatically start playing the next suggested video unless you disable it but up until yesterday, there was no option to loop the same video to play over and over. YouTube has just integrated the option in the right-click context menu that appears when you click inside the media player. Read More