There is no shortage of Web services to help you verify that a shortened link is legit and not something that's going to load you up with malware or steal personal information. But when it comes to online privacy, it's always good to have options. Instead of adding a "+" to the end of a bit.ly link, or using Unshorten.it, give URL Uncover a look the next time you get suspicious.
Demand appears to be sky-high for Google's $35 TV dongle. The low price tag proved to be appealing to consumers, who have been quick to adopt the company's latest gadget. Hours after being announced late last month, the Chromecast had already sold out across a variety of outlets.
Despite there being only a handful of compatible applications, such as Netflix, Google Play Music, and YouTube, various workarounds have been discovered that enable more content to be delivered to the popular device.
Here are a few tips and tricks that could improve your Chromecast experience:
1. Play local media … Read more
You can now search Facebook for hash tags, as well as tap on existing hash tags to view any public status updates that also include the tag.
The update, which Facebook released on Monday, also added the ability to make dinner reservations as well as view local television listings.To search for a hash tag on Facebook, download and install the latest version of Facebook for iOS from the App Store. When I first launched the updated app I expected there to be a hash tag option in the menu, but there isn't. Searching a hash tag is done … Read more
Ever since I signed up for Netflix's streaming-only plan, its suggestions have been largely useless. That's because my two kids have been the majority users of the service from the start and, thus, have clogged up Netflix's recommendation engine with Disney sitcoms (courtesy of my daughter) and superheroes and mutant turtles (my son). Thankfully, I can now keep their fare separate from mine (and each other's) because Netflix has introduced profiles.
When you access Netflix from a computer, you should see a pop-up window with one profile already created from your existing account along with a … Read more
Over the past few years, Google has built a massive database, which it calls Knowledge Graph, that is designed to make its already awesome search engine even faster and easier to use. One of its most useful features, however, may also be its least well-known: if you type in the proper search phrases or words, it can show detailed information right there, without needing to click a link or go to a separate site.
Here are a few of things it can do:
1. Currency conversions. Traveling abroad? Google's got you covered. The search engine will convert any amount … Read more
When you create a video to share with the world on YouTube, you want it to be a hit. Although you can find analytics for your video through the YouTube tools, there's more specific services that can help fine-tune your ability to reach more viewers and gain more subscribers. VidIQ, a YouTube-certified and brand-focused company, offers features like analytics, video scheduling, Facebook integration, and bulk management for videos and comments.
Instead of signing up for an account, or the full suite of tools with VidIQ, why not use a simple way to sample the goods? VidIQ is now offering … Read more
There are any number of reasons why you would need to reach a human representative for a Web site. When attempting to contact Google, Facebook, or another big online service, phone calls, letters, and generic e-mails to the company are likely to get you absolutely nowhere.
Back in July 2005 I wrote an article for PCWorld.com titled "Web Site Help: Is Anybody Out There?" that counted the number of clicks required to find a contact e-mail and toll-free telephone number for 12 popular sites.
That article came to mind recently when I was contacted by a reader … Read more
Streaming Netflix on a home computer works well most of the time, but depending on the quality of your Internet connection, you may experience the occasional hiccup. And when that happens, it can be frustrating to watch as the video buffers. If the problem is with your ISP, you typically don't have any way to resolve it other than to wait. However, the folks over at Lifehacker discovered a Reddit thread that revealed a way to access hidden streaming settings that could help when you're having problems.
With the Netflix video up on the browser screen, press Shift + … Read more
Catch Notes sent out an e-mail this week stating that service will be terminated August 30, 2013. According to the e-mail, the company is "headed in a different direction," and evidently your notes are not invited for the ride.
After the end of the month, Catch Notes and AK Notepad will have their sync and collaboration abilities discontinued, and the app and Web interface will stop working. So now it's time to export your data and move on. Here's how:
Step 1: Log in to your Catch account on the Web. The export tool that the … Read more
As more and more apps integrate with Facebook and each app shares more of your online activity to your timeline, there's bound to be information you'd rather not share. Luckily, you can quickly delete activity -- like articles you've read, music you're listening to, comments posted, and even gameplay milestones -- using the Facebook app.
You'll need to go to your profile, or timeline. While there, scroll the About, Friends, and Photos thumbnails over until you see an Activity Log thumbnail. Once you select Activity Log, you'll be able to view, edit, or delete … Read more