How To Cast A Video From Facebook To Chromecast

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YouTube is where some of the best videos live but Facebook is where lower quality bootlegged versions of them are uploaded. Jokes and copyright infringement aside, Facebook has a lot of video content. It might pale in comparison to YouTube but that still doesn't mean you can rule it out as a place to watch videos. Lots of pages run solely by sharing videos and some pages like Mental Floss are actually fun to watch. If you've got a Chromecast hooked up at home, you can even cast a Facebook video to your Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Stop Whatsapp Sharing Data With Facebook

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Facebook bought Whatsapp a few years ago. Facebook is known for changing, often revamping itself and anything and everything in its portfolio. Just take a look at the changes Instagram has gone through if you need an example. Uncharacteristically, Facebook left Whatsapps alone for the most part. Some new features were introduced but none that tied the app in as a Facebook-owned product. The change, inevitable as it was, has finally come. Whatsapp will now start sharing your data with Facebook to serve better ads. Before you hurry to uninstall the app though, you should know there's a very simple way to disable this. The news that Whatsapp will be sharing data has been publicized so much, the fact you can opt out of it has more or less been lost. Here's how to opt out. Read More

How To Look Up What An Emoji Means Using The macOS Dictionary

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Emoji's are taking over like no one could have imagined. People, the younger ones, are able to use the little picture icons to express themselves, often forming coherent sentences with just the little images. Come iOS 10, you will be seeing more and more Emoji usage. iOS 10 comes with an 'emoji suggestion' feature in the Messages app that will let users replace words with an emoji. If you don't know what an emoji means and would like a super simple way of looking it up, the Dictionary app in macOS can help. Out of the box, it can't tell you what an emoji means but if you install the Emojipedia dictionary, you will be able to look them up like any other word. Read More

How To Make Eevee Evolve Into Vaporean, Flareon, And Jolteon In Pokèmon Go

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Eevee is one of the most sought after Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go. It's popular among players looking to level up quickly and those looking to dominate gym battles. If you visit one of your nearby gyms, you will likely see at least one evolved Eevee in each one. Eevees evolve into three of the most powerful Pokèmon in the Pokèdex; Vaporean, Flareon, And Jolteon. Even ff you've been playing Pokèmon go for just a while, you likely know there is a trick to controlling which Pokèmon, of the three, an Eevee will evolve into. It's pretty simple and we've detailed it below. Read More

How To Use The Appraise Feature In Pokèmon Go

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Pokèmon Go has received an update on both iOS and Android and a new feature called 'Appraise' has been added. Appraisals tell you if the Pokèmon you've caught are any good or not. The Appraisals come from your Team Leaders and tell you if a Pokèmon has noteworthy stats, if it's good for battle or attack, whether its stats are good, and if its size is of any significance. To use the Appraisal feature, you must have upgraded the Pokèmon Go app to version 1.5.0 on iOS and 0.35.0 on Android. With that done, here's how to get an appraisal for your Pokèmon and understand what it means. Read More

How To Set Different Wallpapers For Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a new Settings app that handles the more commonly used settings a user might need to change. This includes personalization settings which can no longer be accessed from the Control Panel app. The transition from Control Panel to Settings app hasn't been smooth with users needing to jump through quite a few hoops if they want to set a different wallpaper on multiple desktops. Thankfully, it's still doable which isn't something that can be said for virtual desktop. With virtual desktops, you can only set one wallpaper and it will appear on all of them. Win 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer is a little app that looks to fill this gap. It lets you set different wallpapers for different virtual desktops. It also adds a little icon in the system tray to let you know which desktop you're currently on. Read More

How To Turn On Night Mode In The Twitter App

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Night mode is a feature in iOS that tints the screen a warmer  color so that it's easier on the eyes at night. The point of the feature is to prevent your phone's blinding blue/white screen from keeping you up. The warmer colors make it easier to go to sleep. While it's great, it might not be the kind of night mode users want. Night mode for some users means a dedicated color theme that will make an app easier to look at when it is dark. The color theme is supposed to make browsing easier as opposed to help you sleep better. There are rumors that a 'dark mode' will be added to iOS 10 but Twitter isn't going to wait around for that to happen, if indeed it does. As f a recent update, Twitter has added a Night Mode to its iOS app that tints the white UI a nice dark blue-grey making it easier to scroll through your feed in the wee hours of the night. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Get A Direct Download Link For A File In Office 365 Document

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Office 365 for business allows users under a single subscription to share documents with anyone who isn't covered under the same license as you. The feature is built for sharing documents with someone outside your company and is called guest sharing. While guest sharing is possible, it only allows users to view a document and not download it. Users certainly can't open it in an Office app on their desktop. The restrictions are there so that your business has control over who can access and view a document. As yet, direct link sharing which allows a user to simply download a copy of a file isn't possible. If you want to share a direct download link to an Office 365 document, you're going to have to make a slight change to the guest sharing URL you get. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Import/Export Playlists & Tracks From One Spotify Account To Another

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Spotify has been around for quite some time now. As far as music streaming services go, it's one of the bigger names in the market that's been able to hold out against Tidal and even Apple Music. Like any modern-day music service, it lets you create playlists but it falls oddly short when it comes to importing or exporting playlists. Realistically, you aren't going to be able to export a playlist from Spotify to Windows Media Player or iTunes. It's not for a lack of mechanism but more because it's impractical. You might need to export your playlist from one account to another, perhaps when you want to share it with a friend. You might also want to back it up, just in case. At best, you can select and save links to individual tracks in a Spotify playlist in a text file. SpotMyBackup is a free web app that lets you export and import playlists and tracks between two Spotify accounts. It acts as an intermediary responsible for exporting everything to a JSON file, and later importing it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Fix The Webcam Freezing And Crashing In Windows 10

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was a major update and where it came with some major features, it also came with quite a few problems. Noteworthy among the problems with the update is the camera constantly freezing and crashing. The default Camera app, as well as other apps that need to use the camera are both freezing or crashing on launch. If you're experiencing this bug, it isn't going to just go away. It's a result of a change Microsoft made to how it decodes the video stream. Not everyone is experiencing the crashes but if you are, a registry edit is the only way to fix it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Is It Safe To Copy/Paste Passwords From Your Clipboard?

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Passwords, whether they're for an online service or for our local Windows account, need to be guarded carefully. A leaked password can often help anyone with malicious intent guess what your other passwords might be. People who use important numbers like their birthdays in their password put themselves at even greater risk. General safety protocol says you shouldn't use the same password for multiple accounts, nor should you write it down anywhere it can be found easily. Many people resort to using password vaults i.e. services like LastPass so they don't have to write passwords down or bother to remember them. For the most part a password vault is a safe and secure way to store passwords unless of course users compromise security by copying passwords to the clipboard. The clipboard is a Windows feature that every single app on your system has access to. There is no way to filter out which apps can and cannot access content on the clipboard. If you've installed a malicious app on your system then copy/pasting passwords to/from your clipboard is a security risk. Read More

Cortana Can Show Lyrics For The Current YouTube Video In Edge In Windows 10

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Microsoft has integrated Cortana into other Windows 10 apps and features after the Anniversary Update. Many users find Cortana underwhelming. It hogs system resources quite a bit so people prefer to turn it Off and search their computer the same way they've been doing it for ages before Cortana existed. Even if you have Cortana turned Off, i.e. you aren't using voice commands to search your system, get traffic and weather updates, or create reminders, some features of its features still work. One such feature is integrated in Edge and it works exclusively on YouTube. Open a music video on YouTube in Edge, and Cortana can get the lyrics for you. You can pin the lyrics next to the video and sing along to your favorite song (preferably in an empty room). Read More

How To Find Which App Is Using Your Webcam [Windows]

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Controlling which apps can access your webcam is pretty simple in Windows 10. You can easily edit the list and revoke an app's access to your webcam if you feel it isn't safe. Windows 10 explicitly has you grant apps access to your webcam so you're safe for the most part. Of course, this is for the good, trustworthy apps that have verified publishers or that come from the Windows Store. Apps that are malicious or that you might have unknowingly downloaded when downloading other apps are an entirely different story. If you suddenly find the little light next to your webcam turned On but can't figure out which app is using it, there's a very simple way to track it down. It requires an app called Process Explorer and the built-in Device Manager. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Automatically Copy Selected Text To Your Clipboard [Firefox]

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Copy/pasting text between apps is something we take for granted. It's a very basic function of any OS and the clipboard can be used to copy and paste text, images, files, and folders. Regardless of what you want to copy, the process is the same; select it, hit Ctrl+C or use the 'Copy' function from the right-click context menu, switch to the app/location you want to paste to, and hit Ctrl+V or use the Paste function from the context menu. It doesn't really get any simpler. AutocopySelection2Clipboard is a Firefox add-on that eliminates the need to use the 'Ctrl+C' keyboard shortcut when copying text. The add-on automatically copies selected text to your clipboard so that you need only paste it and not copy it manually reducing the whole process by one step. Read More

How To Disable Tab Previews In Microsoft Edge In Windows 10

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In Windows, when you hover your mouse cursor over an open app's Taskbar icon, you can see a thumbnail preview of whatever it is you have open in it. This works great when you have multiple browser windows open. The thumbnail preview tells you what's open in the active tab in that particular window. Microsoft has added a very similar feature to Edge. When you have multiple tabs open in Edge, you can hover your mouse over a tab and see a thumbnail preview of the page you have open. You might find it useful, or you might find it useless. If it's the latter, a simple change to the registry can be made to turn it Off. Read More

Fix The Downloads Folder Taking Too Long To Open In Windows 10

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The Downloads folder in Windows 10 is the default location all browsers save files to when you download them. Any app that needs to save files from the internet will use this same location including torrent clients and download managers. Many apps and browsers will often let you open a downloaded file from their own interface e.g. you can click a completed download on the downloads bar in Chrome to open it, or you can open the folder the file has been saved to. You do have the option to change the save location to a different folder but most people stick to the default settings. If you're using the default Downloads folder but find that it takes exceptionally long to open, whether from your browser or from File Explorer,  then here is a simple fix you can try to get it to open faster. Read More

How To Get The Backspace Shortcut To Work Again In Chrome

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Chrome updates are subtle and rarely a cause for alarm. The browser has undergone very few changes that are noticeable for an end user but as of version 52, it has disabled the backspace key's 'go back to previous page' function. In older versions of the browser, you could hit the backspace key and return to the previous link/page you navigated from to the current one. It worked on almost all pages with some exceptions such as the Google search engine page where the search bar was automatically focused. With the functionality removed and users upset by it, Google has released an extension for Chrome called Go Back With Backspace. Install it to get the backspace button working like it did before or use the 'back' keyboard shortcut or buttons instead. If you aren't in the mood to use an extension, you can also use a switch. Read More

How To Find A Perfectly Contrasting Color For Any Color Of Your Choice

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Good design isn't just about cleverly positioned text, minimal icons, or using blank space. It's also about using the right colors. A well designed website, business card, poster, or icon might look terrible simply because the colors used in it clash to make it difficult to read or even look at. This is where it is important to make sure you have used contrasting colors. Contrasting colors can make everything look much better than it really is. Think back to any movie you might have seen recently and you will notice that it has a blue/orange tint to it. It's added post production to make everything look better. Movies like Mad Max use it very well to show how wonderful contrast can be. If you have difficulty finding the perfect contrasting colors, use Hello Color to find them for you. It's a very simple web app that lets you input any color and gives you a perfectly contrasting one in return. Read More

How To Reset The Dock In macOS

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Terminal commands in macOS allow you to customize the Dock to a considerable extent. Either through commands or third party apps, you can customize the dock so that it has blank spaces between groups of app icons, add dividers to it, change the color, and more. Of course, when all is said and done, you might want to know if what you've done to your Dock is permanent. At some point, you might want to go back to the way the Dock looked originally simply because you're tired of the new look you gave it. It's going to be up to you to remember exactly what changes you made to the Dock so you can run the command to or the app needed to undo them. A much simpler solution is to just reset the Dock with a terminal command. Here's how. Read More

How To Identify And Highlight An Ad In Your Facebook News Feed

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Facebook earns revenue from ads and users, people in general, don't like ads. Users push back with ad-blockers which cut into Facebook's revenues. Facebook has now started pushing back against ad-blockers making it so they don't work anymore. Facebook is also working on making ads indistinguishable from regular posts. What this will ultimately result in is content appearing in your News Feed that you think was shared by a friend or a page you follow, when it is in fact an ad. This is more or less Season 19 of South Park with the 'hidden ads' in action. Facebook Ad Highlighter is a Chrome extension that highlights these clever ads in your News Feed and helps you tell the difference between a real post and something that is being pushed on to you because you fit a certain demographic. Read More